Eagleville opens 9-A play tonight

Eagleville opens 9-A play tonight

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Eagleville opens 9-A play tonight

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There have been some classic contests between Moore County and Eagleville over the past two seasons.

They include an Eagleville 10-7 win in 2011 and 17-14 win during the 2010 regular season. And there was a Moore County 14-0 win over the Eagles in the playoffs.

But this year’s matchup, which kicks off at 7 p.m. today at Eagleville’s Talon Field, may be even better. Both teams enter ranked in this week’s Associated Press Class 1A statewide poll. The game was scheduled for Thursday due to Tennessee opening its season with N.C. State on Friday.

Moore County (2-0) is ranked eighth. Eagleville (1-1) is ranked 10th.

“The last two years have been some fun games to play in for our kids,” Eagleville coach Steve Carson said. “They have come down to a turnover here, or a penalty there as to who wins the ball games.

“They have been very competitive games. We were fortunate to win the games we won.”

After losing its season opener at Westmoreland, Eagleville dominated McEwen 32-7 to get on track entering the start of District 9-A play.

The Eagles’ offense is balanced, averaging 164 yards a game on the ground as well as on the air.

Junior Ryan Jordan, who moved to Eagleville from Cannon County in the offseason, has added a passing game to the Eagles’ offense. He is 18-of-32 passing for 328 yards with three TD passes and no interceptions. The increased passing attack has benefited the Eagles’ inexperienced line that has been hit hard by injuries. But lineman Dallas Anderson was cleared Wednesday and could potentially see time in the lineup today.

“It took me a couple of weeks to get used to the new offense and the receivers,” Jordan said. “It’s a lot different.”

Andrew Jernigan and D.J. Higgins have been Jordan’s biggest target. Both have more than 100 yards receiving this season.

But the run game behind Chris Hale took off against McEwen, Hale rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns against the Warriors. He is averaging 87 yards a game thus far this season.

“I like (the offense),” Eagleville wide receiver John Posada said. “We can give it to Chris and he can get a whole bunch of yards on the ground. And then if they start to cheat up, Ryan can hit us with passes.”

Moore County is coming off a 39-36 shootout with Cornersville. It defeated defending state champion Wayne County to open the season. Senior quarterback J.P. Evans leads an experienced Raiders offense that may be among the District 9-A favorites. Evans has thrown for 158 yards on 10-of-22 passing and has rushed for 178 yards. Running back Matt Taggett has rushed for 241 yards. Dillon Davis is Evans’ top receiver. He has three catches for 85 yards.

“This is a very, very good Moore County football team,” Carson said. “I would say the next couple of years they will be really, really good. They always play hard. Moore County always takes pride in their football.”

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