Union City was simply overwhelming.
The Indians converted on fourth downs, put an end to drives and scored in a variety of ways during Saturday night’s final Tri-Eastern Conference football game at Ball State’s Scheumann Stadium.
When the dust settled, Grant Shoemaker had 224 yards passing, James Antonoglou had four touchdowns and Union City had a 53-0 victory over Centerville.
“We came up short last year. They (Centerville) knocked us out of the TEC race,” said Union City coach Keith Maloy. ” … I told the boys, ‘It’s time to show up.'”
The Indians did show up, starting with Antonoglou’s first trip to the end zone.
The talented senior made a 30-yard touchdown catch from Shoemaker late in the first quarter. Antonoglou added a 3-yard scoring run with 1 tick left on the clock as Union City took a 14-0 advantage after one quarter.
The Indians just added to it. Antonoglou scored a third straight touchdown on a 2-yard run, and the Union City defense got in on the act. Dakota Cline returned an interception 70 yards for the Indians’ fourth touchdown.
Mason Wine caught a 20-yard TD strike from Shoemaker to send Union City into halftime ahead 34-0.
“They’re still playing hard for us. We’ve been through a ton of adversity,” Centerville coach Perry Irwin said of his squad. “We’re just going to regroup and try to get back to fundamentals, maybe play a little bit more smashmouth type football like we did in the third quarter.”
Antonoglou continued his scoring streak at 7:52 of the third with a 1-yard touchdown, then Shoemaker found Tre Burton not long after for a 7-yard score.
Kyle Cross caught a 9-yard pass from Taylor Moore to make the final score late in the fourth quarter.
“Grant did a great job running offense. Antonoglou obviously is Antonoglou,” Maloy said. “Our offensive line really stepped up tonight.”
Bryce Robinson led Centerville with 70 yards rushing, while Ethan Frye threw for 110.
The Bulldogs (1-4, 1-2) play host Friday to Northeastern, while Union City (5-0, 3-0) aims to stay unbeaten in the TEC with a home game opposite Winchester.
“Northeastern’s a big game,” Irwin said. “We’re ready to get back to work.”