By Ruthie Robison The Webster Progress-Times
The Eupora Eagles hosted the Hamilton Lions last Friday night in a homecoming matchup.
The Eagles dominated on both sides of the ball during the game overwhelming the Lions with a 55-15 win.
“I thought we executed well from the offensive line, our backs ran hard and our quarterback played well especially in the first half,” said Eupora head coach Junior Graham. “Our receivers made a couple of tough catches and we just played offense like we have anticipated all year.”
Barely two minutes in the game, the Eagles put points on the board. Sophomore quarterback Trey Pittman found senior wide receiver Derrick Jones with a 29-yard pass. Justin Lewis added the extra point and Eupora gained an early lead, 7-0.
Later in the first quarter Pittman threw another 29-yard touchdown pass, this time to senior wide receiver Jamall Roby.
After a turnover on downs by the Jaguars, the Eagles jumped on another chance to score. Lazerick Davis ran for a 21-yard gain putting Eupora in the red zone. Two plays later, senior Savon Daughtery punched it in from the two. Lewis accompanied Daughtery’s touchdown run with the extra point giving the Eagles a 20-0 advantage over the Lions.
On the ensuing possession, Jones caught an interception on the Hamilton 33-yard line. Capitalizing on Jones’ interception, Pittman connected 15 yards through the air with Roby diving in the end zone. Lewis provided the PAT increasing the Eupora lead with 11:32 left in the first half, 27-0.
On the defensive side of the ball, Roby made another big play for the Eagles recovering a Lion fumble. The Eagles began moving the ball down the field with a three minute, nine play drive capped with a touchdown run by senior running back Vandy Smith from inside the five. After the extra point, the Eagle momentum grew, 34-0.
With 58 seconds left in the first half of the game, Hamilton finally answered back with a 55-yard pass from quarterback Seth Dement to Cole Richardson.
Eupora had a 34-7 lead at halftime.
The Eagles added three more touchdowns in the second half of the game.
In the third quarter, Daughtery entered the end zone again topping off a Eupora drive with a run from two yards out.
Later in the third quarter, sophomore running back Lamontae Salley made a three-yard touchdown run.
With 7:12 left in the game, freshman running back Victor Goldman finished the Eagle scoring with a 66-yard dash to the end zone.
Lewis added all three extra points in the second half of the game and Eupora was ahead 55-7.
Hamilton reached the end zone for the final time during the game with 1:33 left.
Pittman was 9-16 through the air for 144 yards with three touchdowns.
“I thought [Pittman] showed a lot of poise, he checked out a couple of plays and threw the ball well early,” said Graham.
“We went into the game thinking if we had to throw we had a good scheme. He executed well all week in practice and we felt like he was going to have a good night.”
On offense, Davis led with 10 carries for 68 yards. Goldman followed with one carry for 66 yards with one touchdown. Javoris Draine had five carries for 29 yards while Daughtery had seven carries with two touchdowns. Salley had three carries for 26 yards with one touchdown while Smith had four carries for 22 yards with one touchdown.
Jones led in receiving catching four passes for 57 yards with one touchdown. Roby followed with two receptions for 44 yards with two touchdowns.
“We knew for us to be very good [Roby] was going to have to take some pressure off of Derrick [Jones] and he has really come around these last three weeks and done a good job of running routes and catching balls,” said Graham “He’s playing like we thought he was capable of playing.”
Defensively, Tamoris Draine led with eight stops. Salley and Smith had six stops each while Smith also had one sack.
“I thought we brought pressure a little bit better tonight and our defense is getting better,” said Graham.
The Eagles are 7-1 overall and are 2-0 in district games.
This Friday night Eupora will host the Ackerman Indians. The Indians now hold a 6-2 overall record and are 2-0 in district play and recently defeated Williams-Sullivan 40-0.
Ackerman and Eupora are the only two undefeated teams in District 4 play and are prepared for an intense and physical showdown as the best of their division.
“Going in I thought with what Ackerman had returning defensively up front they were the team to beat,” said Graham. “We are excited about where we are in the season and we have three big weeks ahead of us two of them with really big rival games.”
Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at Wofford Field.