Eagles win shootout for first District 9-A victory

Eagles win shootout for first District 9-A victory

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Eagles win shootout for first District 9-A victory

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UNIONVILLE

Eagleville’s defense only stopped Community six times Friday night.

But that’s all the Eagles needed, as their offense scored on all but four of their possessions in a 49-34 victory over the Vikings.

Eagleville quarterback Ryan Jordan completed 16 of 20 pass attempts for 345 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Eagles to victory.

“I think that’s a pretty good quarterback rating tonight,” said Eagleville coach Steve Carson. “Ryan’s a hard worker, he listens well.”

On Jordan’s first pass attempt, the junior connected with John Pasada for a 63-yard touchdown. That got things going for Jordan, who completed his first seven attempts in the first half. Three of them were for touchdowns.

The Vikings responded with a score on their next possession, a 19-yard touchdown run by quarterback Quinn Frost. The Viking’s option-oriented offense kept Eagleville off balance.

“They did a few things different than what we saw on film,” said Carson. “But they did a good job. We knew we were going to have to play four quarters, and we did.”

From that point, the shootout was on. The Eagles scored on their next possession, a 13-yard touchdown pass from Jordan to D.J. Higgins.

Community responded with a 69-yard touchdown run by Austin Lees, who led the Vikings in rushing with 123 yards in the game on 15 carries. He also had an 82-yard touchdown run on a kickoff return.

The score was tied 14-14 after one quarter. The teams also went back and forth scoring in the third quarter, with Eagleville scoring three touchdowns and Community two.

Community punted three times, turned the ball over on downs twice and fumbled it once.

The Eagles were equally efficient, only punting twice and not turning the ball over. They also ended possessions at at the end of the first half and the end of the game when the clock ran out.

The Eagles (2-3, 1-1) were coming off two close losses.

“We needed this right now. We’ve fought hard all season long, we just haven’t been able to win the close ones,” said Carson. “Thank goodness in this one we had some breathing room at the end.”

Eagleville running back Chris Hale left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury. His status for next week is unknown.

“Every game, we’ve gotten someone banged up,” said Carson.

Moore Co. 53
MTCS 7

The Cougars trailed 19-0 before pulling scoring on a 12-yard pass from Brent Hofbauer to Oakley Starling. Thomas Goodwyn’s PAT pulled the Cougars within 19-7.

However, Moore County tacked on two more touchdowns to take a 39-7 halftime lead.

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