The Eagles (6-1, 3-0) spread the wealth among their playmakers, getting 10 rushes apiece from tailbacks Devonte Wheaton and Jake Jones and quarterback Braden Nolan. Nolan also accumulated 123 passing yards on 10 completions.
"We've got a good thing going," Etowah coach Bill Stewart said. "We came out with a good focus and then played even better in the second half."
The Eagles wasted no time getting the scoring started, opening the game with a nine-play, 62-yard drive capped off by a 15-yard touchdown run by Wheaton. Wheaton finished the night leading all rushers with 110 yards.
Wheeler (1-6, 0-3) appeared to be up to the challenge, as it held Etowah scoreless for the rest of the quarter, and then set out on an 84-yard drive early in the second period. Quarterback Jamal Bryant and tailback Paris Carson carried their offense all the way inside the Etowah 1-yard line, but on the 11th play of the possession, Bryant couldn't push get into the end zone on fourth-and-goal.
Etowah took over with momentum surging in its direction.
The Eagles' offense capitalized on the opportunity, turning in the best drive of the night, going 99 yards on 10 plays in less than 3 minutes. After first-down runs from Wheaton, Jones, and fullback Nick Rowell, Nolan pulled an option-read handoff on a first-down play and sped through the Wheeler defense for a 34-yard scoring run and a 14-0 Etowah advantage.
Late in the first half, the Eagles extended their lead when Nolan found receiver Ryan Wilborn streaking through the middle of the field, hitting him in stride as Wilborn split the Wildcat secondary, going 44 yards to the end zone to give Etowah a 21-0 lead going into halftime.
After allowing Bryant to run for 58 yards in the first half, Etowah's defense contained the Wheeler quarterback in the game's last two quarters, holding him to just 14 yards on nine second-half carries, and gave Wheeler only three first downs after halftime.
"I just told the team at halftime they needed to play faster," Stewart said, referring to their second-half effort. "I do think their speed actually caught us off guard in the first half. (Bryant) is a good player and he had us running around for a while earlier in the game."
After Etowah recovered an early third-quarter fumble by Wheeler, Wheaton took the ball on the ensuing play and dashed 34 yards for his second touchdown of the night, and the rout was on to the pleasure of the homecoming crowd.
Etowah kicker Kyle Riordan added a 29-yard field goal in the third quarter, and Rowell scored the game's final touchdown with a 2-yard dive with 6:16 remaining in the game.
For Etowah, the win marked its second straight shutout. It also gave the Eagles 94 points in their last two games, a team record for most points scored in consecutive games, besting the old record of 84 reached twice before. Etowah had beaten Cherokee 56-0 last week.
Etowah also has not allowed a touchdown to an opponent since Sept. 10 at West Forsyth, a streak that now stands at four consecutive games.
Stewart isn't resting on his laurels though. The Eagles will be playing at a struggling Marietta team, but the game will be on the Blue Devils' historic home turf.
"Get in the right mindset for next week," Stewart told his team after the game. "You're going to be playing at Northcutt Stadium against some great athletes. We've played really well there before and we've also played really bad. Be ready."