EKU football

Eastern Kentucky University tight end Dakota Allen and running back Da'Joun Hewitt celebrate in the end zone after a touchdown against Western Carolina on Sept. 4.

The Eastern Kentucky University football team came off a season opener victory against Western Carolina, 31-28. The Colonels’ attention now turns to preparing for a matchup roughly 100 miles down the road, at the University of Louisville on Saturday.

“Really good to get a W on the road and the first game of the year,” head coach Walt Wells said. “It was a hard fought battle for us, I thought our guys showed a lot of character and resilience.”

Running back and Purdue transfer, Da’Joun Hewitt had an explosive first career game, with 78 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

Linebacker Matthew Jackson opened up with a game-high of 11 tackles, which included eight solo tackles.

The Colonels snatched three of the ASUN’s first weekly conference football honors. Kicker Patrick Nations received ASUN Special Teams Player of the Week and Hewitt earned the ASUN Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week.

Heading into game two, Wells said the Cardinals are a tough opponent but they plan to match that energy in hopes to come out on top Saturday.

“They are an athletic, good football team,” Wells said. “Scott Scatterfield is a good football coach and has had a lot of success.”

The last matchup between the two teams was on Sept. 7, 2019 at UL, where the Colonels lost, 42-0.

Louisville is coming off of a 43-24 loss to Ole Miss in Atlanta to start the season. Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham registered 270 yards of total offense and three touchdowns in the loss to Ole Miss.

The Colonels will enter Cardinal Stadium to take on the University of Louisville on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.

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