Behind a balanced offensive attack and a dominate defensive performance, Zimmerman improved to 2-0 on the season with a 29-0 shutout victory over Foley in their home opener on Sept. 6.
Throughout the first half, Zimmerman and Foley remained in a tight, defensive battle — with the Thunder holding a 7-0 lead after a 7-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Carter McEachern to junior wide receiver Wyatt Behl — but it went downhill from there for the Falcons, as the Thunder offense stepped up their game while the defense kept taking care of business.
McEachern hit junior tight end B.J. Hoerr with a 57-yard touchdown pass to get things rolling in the second half and soon after, the Thunder defense made a stop, leading to a safety on the punt due to a poor snap.
With a 16-0 lead after three, the Thunder made sure to close it out with a heavy dose of the run, scoring on 2-yard and 3-yard runs by senior captain Brett Howard and junior running back Elijah Stellmach to seal a 29-0 victory.
Zimmerman, normally a run-first offensive team, finished with 212 yards on the ground, but McEachern also had an efficient day through the air, throwing for 107 yards and two touchdowns. McEachern added 55 rushing yards, while senior captain Tim Vorobyev rushed for a team-high 60 yards. Hoerr led the Thunder with 65 receiving yards on two catches. Defensively, the Thunder played a disciplined brand of football, holding Foley scoreless despite zero turnovers. Howard led the Thunder with seven total tackles, while Vorobyev and Parker Schelske added six and five, respectively. Zimmerman has now held opponents to 7 points in their 2-0 start to the season.
Offensive Star of the Game
Second-year starting quarterback Carter McEachern is the offensive start in this one after giving the Thunder a spark early on with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Wyatt Behl and then again early in the second half on a 57-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Hoerr. McEachern finished out 5-for-8 passing for 107 yards to go along with a strong game on the ground, carrying the ball 10 times for 55 yards.
Defensive Star of the Game
Senior captain Brett Howard claims defensive star of the game after leading the team with seven total tackles in a shutout performance. Most impressively, Howard was all over the place on defense despite getting significant run with the offense, rushing for 45 yards on seven carries.
Zimmerman headed back on the road to play Albany on Sept. 13. Last year, the Thunder lost 14-6 to their district rival, who looks to be one of the strongest teams in the district once again.
The Thunder remain on the road to play Milaca on Sept. 20. Zimmerman dominated Milaca last year, winning by a score of 30-6.