In Week 1's Lincoln Bowl win over Knox, established veterans did most of the heavy lifting for the Red Devils.
In last week's victory over MacMurray, though, EC started to see freshmen newcomers make a significant impact.
For instance, Eureka High School product Alexander Brittain introduced himself to Red Devil fans by coming off the bench and making four tackles and two sacks.
His first career tackle was a sack for a loss of four yards toward end of the first quarter when Eureka held only a seven-point lead. The second came on the last play of the first half and prevented the Highlanders from responding, allowing EC to take a 14-point lead into the break.
"I guess going in I didn't expect the (first) sack to happen," Brittain said. "And then once I got the sack, it kind of brought my confidence up and got me hype."
An outside linebacker in high school, Brittain said he'd never had a sack before.
"It's just a different feeling," Brittain said. "And yeah, I like it. Made me all warm and fuzzy."
Coach Barth says to look for more to come.
"Alex has got potential to be one of the best guys we've had on our D-Line here," he said. "We're very high on his athleticism."
On the other side of the ball, Washington product Sam Walter accumulated 176 all-purpose yards — a team-high excluding the quarterback — and scored his first career rushing touchdown.
"Sam certainly showed his speed and athleticism," Barth said. "It gives us a different element with that burst."
His performance was yet another example of EC's depth in the backfield after senior graduate transfer Grant Jochums' surprise emergence in Week 1.
It will come in handy in Albion.
OTHER WEEK 2 NOTABLES
- Nehemiah Butler made his second interception of the year (on a pass tipped by Colton Walsberg) and led the Red Devils with six total tackles.
- Adrian Walker, a senior transfer, came off the bench, made three tackles and provided good 1-on-1 coverage in the secondary.
- Wesley Burris recorded his first touchdown of the season on a 5-yard reception and continued to be play a critical role at fullback, finishing with three receptions on the night.
- James Douglas III had another strong week with eight receptions for 111 yards and one touchdown, and got a key block from fellow receiver Caleb Fauver as he switched fields en route to the end zone on the Red Devils' first touchdown of the game. Fauver finished with four receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown, and Pierce Bradford added two receptions for 20 yards and one touchdown.