By Ruthie Robison The Webster Progress-Times
The Eupora Eagles traveled to Winona last Friday to take on the Class 3A Tigers.
The Eagles were looking for a second consecutive defeat over Winona this year similar to their 34-27 victory over the Tigers last season.
The Eagles and Tigers kept the score close during the first half of the game sparking an intense matchup on both sides of the ball.
In the first quarter, Eupora jumped on the scoreboard after Vandy Smith dashed 54-yards for the touchdown giving the Eagles an early 6-0 lead.
Winona answered back soon in the first quarter with a touchdown and an extra point taking a one point lead over Eupora, 7-6.
Eagle kicker Justin Lewis added three points early in the second quarter with a successful 34-yard field goal attempt.
The Tigers would not let those points go unanswered scoring again regaining a 13-10 lead over Eupora.
Several minutes later, the Eagle offense struck again when quarterback Trey Pittman connected 12-yards through the air with Will Bowen for another Eupora touchdown. The Eagle defense would make a stand for the five remaining minutes of the first half of the game keeping the Eupora 15-13 lead safe going into halftime.
The third quarter fell silent offensively. The Eagle defense, led by Markelle Elchelberger, made strong efforts keeping the Tigers scoreless for the rest of the game.
The final points for Eupora occurred in the fourth quarter when Derrick Jones made an outstanding 85-yard punt return. Lewis tacked on the extra point and the Eagles took a 22-13 win over Winona.
Vandy Smith led the Eagles on the offensive side of the ball with 15 carries on 85 yards with one touchdown, while Lazerick Davis followed with 12 carries on 62 yards.
Pittman went 8-15 through the air on 77 yards with one passing touchdown.
Jones had three carries on 48 yards and received five tosses on 51 yards during the game.
The Eagles had a total of 269 offensive yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Elchelberger stacked up eight tackles while Lamontae Salley had six. Davis followed with five stops while Jones and Rusty Johnson had four each.
The Eagle defense held the Tigers to only 200 total offensive yards and sacked Winona quarterback Butler Flowers twice once by Javoris Draine and the other by Beau Smith.
The Eagles now have a 3-0 record and will host the West Oktibbeha Timberwolves this week.
The Class 1A Timberwolves (2-0) are coming off two high scoring wins. West Oktibbeha defeated Marshall 66-6 and recently defeated Montgomery County 56-6.
Kickoff will be at Wofford field in Eupora tonight at 7:30 p.m.