Passing game helps Bartlett get past Streamwood
It took awhile, but Bartlett's passing game got rolling after halftime.
Completions by Jacob Scearce set up a pair of third-quarter touchdowns as the Hawks downed Streamwood, 32-14 in an Upstate Eight matchup at Millennium Field.
James Knight scored on runs of 1 and 19 yards for Bartlett (2-0, 2-0). Xander Salyers and Philip Ayomidele rushed for scores, and Alexander Becque returned an interception for a touchdown.
The Hawks led 13-6 at halftime but broke the game open in the third quarter. Taking over at the Streamwood 36 after a short punt, Bartlett needed just 5 plays to score. Scearce picked up a first down with a pass to favorite target Hayden Angell (7 catches, 115 yards) and Knight took it in from 19 yards out.
After Bartlett took over on downs, Scearce found Angell for 30 yards to the 2 and Ayomidele scored 2 plays later.
Scearce threw 5 of his 7 completions after the break.
"It was just me calming down," he said. "I was just a little flustered in the first half, making silly mistakes, throwing the ball not where it was supposed to be thrown, not reading my reads right. The line was fantastic to me. They did a very good job."
"The whole thing just started really clicking," said Bartlett coach Matt Erlenbaugh. "We just started meshing together, just a beginning of the season type thing, and we're starting to really start rolling."
One thing that was solid all night was the Bartlett defense. The Hawks held Streamwood to 79 total yards in the first half. Becque had 2 interceptions and the Hawks recovered a fumble.
"Really pleased with our defense," Erlenbaugh said. "We had 11 guys to the ball all the time, very physical. I thought we did a great job of owning the line of scrimmage, and just an all-around great effort."
Bartlett scored on its opening drive, going 61 yards in 9 plays. Salyers' 38-yard run set Bartlett up at the 9, and Knight went in from the 1.
Streamwood quickly tied it. Following Nicholas Larak's interception deep in Bartlett territory, Michael Estrada ran in from 13 yards out.
The Sabres also scored on Isaac Martinez's 30-yard fourth-quarter run. Martinez finished with 87 yards on 20 carries.
The Sabres' defense also came up with some big plays: Larak recorded a defensive trifecta with the interception, a fumble recovery, and a sack as the Sabres forced 4 turnovers in all.