BURBANK — Methodical Connell put touchdowns on the board in every quarter here Friday night as the Eagles flew to a 42-0 South Central Conference Eastern Division football victory over Burbank.
Eagles’ quarterback Nate Martinez was in on most of the scoring as he ran 16 years for one of Connell’s six touchdowns and tossed four TD passes, two of them to Shane Didier. Martinez connected with Didier on TD strikes of 20 and 3 yards, found Brian Anderson on a 16-yard pass for Connell’s initial touchdown and tossed a 27-yard scoring strike to Brady Quinton in the fourth quarter.
Martinez finished his night by completing 9-of-15 passes for 141 yards. He was intercepted once.
Didier had four catches for 40 yards and Quinton caught two balls for 64 yards.
Interestingly, Connell did most of its offensive damage on the ground as Matt Hadley rushed 20 times for 198 yards and Dyrel Whitby gained 180 yards on 16 carries. Whitby accounted for the Eagles’ final TD on a 2-yard run.
Ethan Ireland rushed for 56 yards on 16 carries for the Coyotes. Heath Lawrence completed 6-of-22 passes for 72 yards and was intercepted once.
John McGreevy caught three passes for 35 yards and Nathan Roberts had two receptions for 25 yards.
Unbeaten Connell kept pace with Royal in the battle for the top spot in the Eastern Division standings. Royal bested Kiona-Benton 48-20 Friday and shares the lead with Connell, both teams at 3-0.
The Eagles are 6-0 for the season while Royal is 5-1.
Burbank, meanwhile, slipped to 2-2 and 3-3.
Connell entertains Wahluke Friday in an SCC counter while Burbank is at home against Naches Valley in a non-counter.
Connell 7 7 14 14 — 42
Burbank 0 0 0 0 — 0
Con — Anderson 16 pass from Martinez (Barragan kick).
Con — Martinez 16 run (Barragan kick).
Con — Didier 20 pass from Martinez (Barragan kick).
Con — Didier 3 pass from Martinez (Barragan kick).
Con — Quinton 27 pass from Martinez (Barragan kick).
Con — Whitby 2 run (Barragan kick).