When Exeter got down by two touchdowns in the opening quarter of what it hoped would be a statement game, coaches and players on the Eagles sidelines were concerned.
“I was a little nervous, I’m not going to lie,” said Exeter coach Matt Bauer.
But Exeter roared back with 42 unanswered points Friday night to defeat Wilson 42-14 in a non-league football game.
Eric Nangle rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles (2-1) defeated the Bulldogs (1-2) for the first time. It was the first meeting between the two Berks schools in 14 years.
“Once we settled it in and these kids realized they could play with these guys the offensive line started to dominate and we played well,” Bauer said.
Wilson, playing with Gannon Brubaker at quarterback in place of injured starter Brad Hoffman, started quickly.
Brubaker threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Ryan McMillan with 3:51 left in the first quarter.
McMillan was in the end zone again less than a minute later when he scooped up a fumble and returned it 26 yards to give Wilson a 14-0 lead.
But it was all Exeter after that.
Colin Payne threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Joey Schlaffer in the final minute of the first quarter to start the Exeter comeback.
Ty Yocum scored on a 5-yard run with 4:11 left in the first half to get Exeter even.
Then Nangle took over.
Nangle raced 82 yards for a TD with 1:38 left in the first half to put Exeter ahead 21-14. The Eagles dominated the second half with Nangle doing most of the work.
Nangle scored on runs of 10 and 6 yards before Payne and Schlaffer hooked up again for a 38-yard TD strike with 5:51 left.
“It’s huge win,” Bauer said. “I’m just so proud of these kids. They work hard and they deserve everything they get.”
Wilson, which lost wide receiver Josh Drake and running back-linebacker Gavin Lenart to injuries in the first quarter, stumbled all night.
The Bulldogs had two turnovers and were penalized 10 times for 65 yards in their second straight lopsided loss.
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