Evangel crushes Southwood

Evangel's Orlando Puryear (6) tries to outrun the Southwood defense.

Evangel’s Orlando Puryear (6) tries to outrun the Southwood defense.

The Evangel Eagles extended their winning streak to four with a 56-0 shutout over the Southwood Cowboys on senior night at Lee Hedges Stadium.

The Eagles have averaged 55 points a game in their last three matchups. Evangel continued that stretch Friday night.

Eagles coach Byron Dawson doesn’t look past any opponents, though.

“We just take one week at a time,” Dawson said. “We didn’t realize who we were playing until a couple of days ago. We really focus on the next opponent because the big thing is to get better each week and progressing.  You know football is a funny sport and anything can happen. Injuries can happen. You just have to keep working and keep focusing on the process.”

The Eagles soared with the help of Alex Elam who compiled 95 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

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“I have to give all the credit to the offensive line,” Elam said. “They had some great blocks. I just saw the holes and ran through them.”

Evangel’s defense was a key to the victory also as it took every turnover opportunity Southwood provided and turned it into points.

Southwood coach Anthony McClain took the game as a chance to improve his players.

“We knew what we were up against tonight,” McClain said. “We did some things a little different tonight.The reality is we tried to get better through this night and not to focus on score so much.  We tried to be better football players and to be able to put a better product on the field each week. That’s our goal and we can move on and focus more on  some games that are little more even on the field.”

Evangel took a massive 42-0 lead into halftime. The Eagles’ offense, defense and special teams all put points on the board.

Evangel started with an 87-yard kickoff touchdown return by Orlando Puryear.   Southwood got the ball back and immediately lost the ball on a bad snap into the end zone and recovered by Aaron Calcote.

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Evangel’s offense had not even been on the field yet and compiled a 14-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game. Southwood continued to have its woes with fumbling as it fumbled on its 18- yard line. The Cowboys stopped the drive by an interception by Christopher Johnson. Southwood was unable to capitalize on the opportunity.

Evangel’s offense finally put points on the board as Elam ran in from 18 yards. The Eagles’ defense flew back in with another bad snap fumble recovered by Davin Cotton and ran it in from 11 yards to close out the first quarter with a large 28-0 lead.

The Eagles then handed the game over to Elam who scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter from 36 yards and 15 yards to close out the half with a massive 42-0 lead.

Evangel got its only passing touchdown in the third quarter as Connor Curry found Tanner Ash on a 14-yard touchdown pass. Finally, freshman Detrelyn Maxie scored a 3-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to close out the game 56-0.