Evangel used its depth, athleticism, and leadership to get past a young Captain Shreve team, 52-3, on Thursday night at Lee Hedges Stadium..
“I’m just so proud, we give all the glory to God,’’ Evangel coach Byron Dawson said. “We’re just so proud about how our guys came out here and fought.”
Captain Shreve (1-6, 0-3) received the opening kickoff and started from its 20-yard line. Several plays later, they converted a fake punt 12 yards to their 32-yard line for a first down. Then the Gators drove down the field to the Evangel 1-yard line.
The Eagles, though locked down the goal line and stopped the Gators from scoring on three straight plays from the 1-yard line. After that defensive stop all the momentum belonged to Evangel (6-1, 3-0).
“All our defensive coaches have done a great job working every day with these guys on fundamentals and I’m just so proud of our defense,” Dawson said.
Evangel used its explosive offense to get out to 49-3 lead at halftime. The Eagles exploded for 359 offensive yards in the first half.
Dawson also said his offense was “so explosive tonight.”
In the first quarter, Evangel quarterback Connor Curry threw two touchdown passes to junior Tanner Ash. Then the Eagles then scored an incredible 35 points in the second quarter as Curry accounted for three more touchdowns. The junior quarterback ran for two scores and threw a 28-yard pass to Caleb LaBoy.
“The offensive line played great and these wide receivers are amazing,’’ Curry said. “God really blessed us tonight.”
Captain Shreve scored its only points on a 28-yard field goal by Hardy Hall early in the second quarter.
Evangel added its final score with 8 minutes left in the game on a 35-yard field goal by Seth Green.
Evangel dominated the all phases of the game but the only thing it didn’t do well was limit the penalties as the Eagles were flagged 19 times for 150 yards.
“Penalties are something we have got to get cleaned up,’’ Dawson said. “Some of those are aggressive and some of those are mental mistakes. That is just something we gotta get corrected down the stretch.”