Swanton High School graduate Gunnar Oakes had five catches and a touchdown as Eastern Michigan topped Bowling Green 55-24 on Saturday.
Six different Eastern receivers accounted for 325 yards, led by Oakes, a 6-5, 253-pound junior tight end, who caught five passes for 79 yards and one TD.
Oakes’ 37-yard TD reception was his first score since 2018. He used his weight and strength to barrel over defenders on two catches.
“It was amazing, I saw the safety roll down and I knew I had a shot at it, so it was a really great feeling,” Oakes said. “It’s great, the last offseason I worked really hard on dropping my weight down to be used more of a threat on the receiving end, and it paid off.”
Creighton said it was nice to see Oakes return to northwest Ohio and have a good game.
“Oh, I love it. Football is such a powerful game and you put so much into it. Guys care so deeply. You only play 12 guaranteed games a year, you don’t play 162,” Creighton said.
“Each of those matters and sometimes I want to call it magical but when something like that happens just awesome you know when the stars align, God is good.
“Gunnar the thing is that no one is surprised. That’s who he is, and he is an awesome weapon and is just going to get better.”
The Falcons drop their fourth straight MAC game and fall to 2-6 overall. The Eagles improve to 5-3 and 2-2 in the MAC.