Banneker scored on its first possession on an 81-yard run by Jalen White, but Eastern Christian stuffed the Trojans the rest of the game en route to a runaway win at Sandy Creek Thursday night.
In a game that finished with a running clock under mercy rules, quarterback David Sills passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Honey Badgers (1-0) erupted for three second-quarter touchdowns then converted three Banneker turnovers into third-quarter scores.
After White’s run gave Banneker a 7-0 lead, Eastern Christian’s Jahmee Ballard scored on a 9-yard run to pull within 7-6.
Sills’ 10-yard pass to Nieko Creamer gave the Honey Badgers a 12-7 lead with just over seven minutes left in the first half. Three minutes later Sills ran it in from 13 yards out, and Brian Smith’s run for the two-point conversion to make it 20-7.
Eastern’s Brandon Watson returned a fumble three yards for the final TD of the first half.
Eastern turned three turnovers into touchdowns in the first five minutes of the second half to turn the game into a rout.
Sills connected with Isaiah Esdale for a 19-yard touchdown pass to open the second half after Banneker fumbled away the kickoff. Taj Washington’s 6-yard run made it 40-7.
Banneker’s other score came on a 50-yard pass from Joe Turner to Kden Fortune-Johnson with 5:34 left in the game.