Even when fully healthy, the East football team likes to run spread formations on offense and spend most of its time throwing the ball.
That became even more magnified Thursday night at Carpenter Stadium after starting running back Calil Burnett injured his ankle last week and was unavilable.
Dominic Webb threw for 278 yards and six touchdowns in East’s 50-7 victory over North in District 7 play. Joseph Patrick caught five passes for 124 yards and four touchdowns.
With their win, the Aces (3-4, 1-0) put themselves in a favorable position for a playoff berth. East plays Junction City next week and ends district play with winless Southeast in two weeks.
“We’ve been talking about the opportunity in our district all year,” East coach Brian Byers said. “The past few years we’ve been stuck in a loaded district with Derby and Heights and have always finished third, even though we’ve had some pretty good teams. We have a chance this year and I think our kids know it, too.”
East’s first half consisted of 266 yards on 35 plays and five touchdowns. The Aces started three of their drives in North territory.
Webb went 16 for 27 for 222 yards and threw five touchdown passes in the first half. Patrick caught three of those first-half touchdowns.
“I had to step up and make plays tonight,” Webb said. “I had to make good passes and not turn the ball over. I had to keep the offense moving.”