By Ruthie Robison The Webster Progress-Times
Last Friday night, the Eupora Eagles were overpowered by the Calhoun City Wildcats receiving a 27-6 defeat at Wofford Field, which closed down the Eagles’ four game winning streak.
The Eagles have had a slow start in every game this season but have managed to gather wins with a strong finish in the second half of game both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball and special teams.
Sophomore kicker Justin Lewis spotted the Eagles with two field goals giving Eupora the only points they would score during the game.
With 4:42 left in the first quarter, Lewis put the Eagles on the scoreboard with a successful field goal attempt that totaled 44- yards. Eupora took a 3-0 lead over the Wildcats.
The Eagle defense stepped up eliminating any big plays from Calhoun City. Eupora maintained their 3-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.
But with 8:37 left in the first half of the game, the Wildcats grabbed the lead from Eupora when quarterback Chakel Gates sealed a 87-yard drive with a touchdown from two yards out. With the extra point, Calhoun City had a 7-3 lead and would stay ahead of the Eagles for the rest of the game.
The Wildcats struck again minutes later, with another touchdown run by Gates. Calhoun City was unable to collect the extra point due to Eupora’s Lamontae Salley blocking the kick. But the Wildcat lead grew, 13-3.
Lazerick Davis assisted in the Eagles after halftime with a much- needed interception giving Eupora a scoring opportunity. With 6:14 left in the third quarter, Lewis added three more points for the Eagles with a 24-yard field goal.
Moving down the field, the Wildcats entered the end zone again with a 19-yard run by Gates.
Calhoun City capped their win in the fourth quarter with a 38 yard dash by Cartin McBride gaining their 27-3 defeat over the Eagles.
The Wildcats held the Eagles at a total of 174 offensive yards during the game.
Eupora quarterback Trey Pittman was 11-23 through the air on 119 yards for the night. Salley led in rushing with six carries on 26 yards while Derrick Jones and Davis each had four carries on 14 yards.
Senior Jamall Roby had four receptions for 55 yards while sophomore Will Bowen had two receptions for 40 yards during the game. Jones contributed with two receptions for eight yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior Markelle Elchelberger led with seven stops. Rusty Johnson and Savon Daughtery followed with six stops each. Vandy Smith had five stops during the game while Jones had four. The Eagles’ record dropped to 4-1 overall.
This Friday Eupora will travel to Ripley to take on the Class 3A Tigers in their final non-division game of the season before hitting the road to J.Z. George (2-3) on Sept. 28 to start Class 2A, Region 2, District 4 action.
The Tigers hold a 3-2 record and recently defeated East Union 49-6.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.