Eagles dominate, chew up Coyotes 51-7

Eagles dominate, chew up Coyotes 51-7

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Eagles dominate, chew up Coyotes 51-7

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.

Northeast High ran its option to near-perfection and there was little to find fault with the way the Eagles played in its third District 10-AAA game of the season.

The Eagles gobbled up 499 total yards while quarterback Jalen Reeves-Maybin and fullback Jerome Jones both eclipsed the 100-yard mark as Northeast steamrolled past West Creek 51-7 Friday night at the Eagles Nest.

“I don’t think we missed one option read until the third quarter,” Northeast coach Isaac Shelby said. “I mean I thought we were clicking and moving the ball well in the first half and especially in the first quarter.”

Northeast’s first six plays were all running plays and Jones was the workhorse. He gained 43 yards during the game’s opening drive and would finish with 143 yards rushing, 122 of which came in the first quarter alone. Reeves-Maybin was often the beneficiary of those hard-earned yards. The Tennessee-commit capped off several drives with touchdowns but he also ran up 143 rushing yards to go along with his four-touchdown night.

“We wanted to come out and establish the option run which is what we want every game,” Shelby said. “That’s what we do every week. Jalen did a great job of distributing the ball and making the correct reads.”

Northeast (3-1, 2-0) looks well-oiled as it enters its bye week next Friday before facing rival Clarksville High in two weeks. THe Eagles cut down on penalties, committing only three on the night and its defense was solid again.

West Creek (0-3, 0-1) used four total quarterbacks Friday, starting with running back Anthony Ledet who was used for the entire first half in the Wildcat offense. However, the Coyotes were primarily reduced to a two-man team on offense as Ledet and Terry Lee had the bulk of the carries.

The Coyotes were held to just 70 yards in the first two quarters and Ledet and Lee combined for just 33 rushing yards.

West Creek’s regular starter, Devin Anderson, returned behind center in the second half was able to move the ball effectively while Ledet continued to churn out yards on the ground. Ledet would finish with 90 rushing yards and West Creek had only a handful of positive offensive plays.

Ledet’s 33-yard run set up a 40-yard pass from Ledet to Anderson, ironically, in the second quarter. But Northeast’s defense held, backed up to its own 12 yard line and West Creek would eventually have a field goal attempt blocked.

Early in the third, Anderson would get West Creek on the board with a 48-yard touchdown strike to Anthony Smith but by that point, the game was decided.

Reeves-Maybin began the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown run with 9:31 left in the first period. His 24-yard scoring run would push the lead to 13-0 and Dontavious Fort-Merriweather returned a punt 52 yards for a third Eagles TD as the first quarter ended.

Zach Walker’s 3-yard run in the second quarter was the only scoring of that period as Northeast entered halftime with a comfortable 26-0 lead.

The first three Northeast possessions in the second half used only four total plays. Reeves-Maybin scored on his team’s second play from 4 yards out after the Eagles intercepted an Anderson pass to start the second half.

D’Andre Cross ripped off an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play of Northeast’s next possession and the third possession of the third quarter saw Reeves-Maybin sprint 52 yards untouched on the first play to extend the lead to 45-7. Reeves-Maybin also finished 6-for-9 for 85 yards passing.

After Reeves-Maybin’s fourth score, Shelby pulled his senior leader and inserted Montrell Pardue. Pardue would cap the night with a 63-yard touchdown run.

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