the 2007 squirrel bowl menard 7 @ buckeye 14




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Published on Sep 27, 2007

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buckeye wins the annual squirrel bowl 14 - 7 over menard.
see also the town talk 'menard hunting 'squirrel bowl' trophy'.
excerpt: The "Squirrel Bowl" used to be just a name given to the football game Buckeye High School played on the Thursday before the opening of squirrel season. Long ago, the school decided to move its traditional Friday night game before the opening of squirrel season to Thursday to accomodate the many players, coaches, parents and fans in the Buckeye community who wanted to be at their hunting camps on Friday night, preparing for the big day. For several years, the unofficial Squirrel Bowl was a rivalry between Buckeye and Block, but Block decided after the game three years ago it didn't want to continue the Thursday night series, said former longtime Buckeye coach Jerry Cole. Soon afterwards, Holy Savior Menard coach Roger Herrington said his team would like to play the Panthers on Thursdays to continue the tradition, Cole said, and Herrington suggested a trophy be made for the winning team to keep. "The Panther Club bought the trophy my last year there as head coach," Cole said, referring to the game at Buckeye two years ago. Buckeye won that game, 21-7, to receive the Squirrel Bowl trophy, a log sculpture of a life-size squirrel looking out of a hole in a tree.
Execution lifts Buckeye to Squirrel Bowl victory
By Bob Tompkins
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DEVILLE -- Buckeye coach Chris Gatlin said knowing what Holy Savior Menard was going to do helped his staff prepare the Panthers for the visiting Eagles.

"We had a good week of preparation, and I felt we had a good game plan to stop 'em," said Gatlin, whose Panthers were braced for the Eagles' double-tight, double-wing running game.

"But knowing what they're going to do isn't going to help you unless you can go out there and stop 'em. Our guys played hard and stopped 'em, and I'm proud of the way they battled tonight."
That's what Gatlin said after his Class 3A team beat Class 2A Menard, 14-7, Thursday night to keep the Squirrel Bowl trophy emblematic of the rivalry.

Running back Jeffrey Ivy and quarterback Jacob Sinclair led the way for Buckeye, which won its third straight game to improve to 3-2.

Ivy rushed for 102 yards and a 40-yard touchdown, and Sinclair passed for a 15-yard touchdown to Korey Salmon and added another 100 yards rushing.

All the scoring came in the first half, and Buckeye staged a goal-line stand at the end of the third quarter.

The stand came after Menard got a first-and-goal at the 4 on a 13-yard run by Marcus Mathews, who finished the night with 95 yards rushing on 17 carries. On fourth-and-goal at the 5, Alex Mabou and linebacker Adam Foster stopped Jeremey Stickell, trying to run around left end, for a 2-yard gain. Stickell scored Menard's only touchdown on an 8-yard run in the second period.

With 2:33 remaining and Menard still trailing by a touchdown, Stickell ripped off 14 yards on a first down but fumbled at the Menard 44. Buckeye's Blade Driggers recovered, and the Panthers were able to run out the clock.

"That fumble hurt, but that was not the difference in the game," said Menard coach Roger Herrington, whose squad slipped to 3-2. "They whipped us from the starting whistle."

Also hurting Menard's chances, offensive tackle Jeff Bordelon, who often paves the way for Eagle rushers, tore an MCL early and sat out most of the game. Running back Josh Miguez, who suffered a chipped bone in his foot in the opening game against Bunkie, played sparingly, in spite of the injury. He gained 20 yards on three carries.

Buckeye finshed with just one turnover, and no fumbles.

"I told my players to run the ball hard and put two hands on the ball because we didn't want to turn it over," said Sinclair, who struck first with a nifty 15-yard fade pass to Salmon in the left corner of the end zone for the game's first score. "They were playing up to stop the run, so I threw a fade and Korey made a great catch."

Ivy said he was pumped by comments from Menard players.

"They expected to stop me," said Ivy, who was part of a 48-19 loss to Menard last year. "They said they were going to shut me down. With me and our offensive line sticking it in there, we got the job done.

"Last year," Ivy added, "we were a little unsure of ourselves. This year we have hopes of going somewhere."


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