Evangel’s start to its 60-game win streak that began in 1996 and carried through 1999 can largely be attributed to a road trip it made to Haynesville four games into the streak.
The Eagles and Tornado had played the previous three seasons with Haynesville winning all three. Evangel was in its second year of playing up in Class 3A and lost in the state semifinals its first year. Haynesville came into the season with a 40-game win streak and had won three straight Class 2A state titles.
Evangel sported a 3-0 start to the season while Haynesville’s win streak had been halted its first game of the season at Springhill and the Tornado had only played one other game, a win against Minden.
Evangel held a slim 15-12 lead midway through the third quarter when the momentum swung the Eagles way and they went on to a 35-12 win.
Evangel coach Dennis Dunn attributed the win to Haynesville’s inability to stop the Eagles on offense. “Every time they got a little momentum, we came back with a big play,” Dunn told The Times.
It was a night some might remember Haynesville Hall of Fame coach Red Franklin being ejected after his team was called for a late hit on Evangel quarterback Phillip Deas and was also hit for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Haynesville went on to win its fourth consecutive Class 2A title that year.
It was a game that sort of got Evangel over that hump that had plagued them the three previous years. It led to three straight Class 3A state titles and a Class 5A title.
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