By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress Times
Following his team’s 41-0 season-opening win over visiting Noxapater on Friday night, veteran Eupora High School head football coach Junior Graham was trying to remember when he coached in a hotter football game. He couldn’t.
“That was one of the hottest games I have ever coached and it really had an affect on us,” Graham said. “I think the cool weather we have had in the summer and the early part of fall practice made it tougher on us on Friday night.”
Despite the heat, the Eagles were able to take care of business in the first half and had most of the starters out of the game by the early stages of the third quarter.
“We played good in spurts,” he said. “I thought our defensive line, especially our inside guys played well.” He particularly pointed to the play of Kris Kent and Khalil Cain.
Eupora led 27-0 at the half, scoring a pair of touchdowns in each of the first two quarters. The first EHS touchdown came on a 14-yard run by Lamontae Salley, while Tarvis Robinson scored the second one on a 14-yard pass from Trey Pittman. Justin Lewis booted the first of his five extra points on the night after Robinson’s touchdown.
The Eagles stretched it out to 20-0 on a 42-yard run by Rusty Johnson in the second quarter and then upped that margin to 27-0 at the half thanks to a 1-yard run by Salley.
Jack Smith made it 34-0 with a 4-yard scoring run in the third quarter. He led all Eupora rushers in the contest with 79 yards on 10 attempts.
The final touchdown came on an 11-yard run by Cameron Townsend in the fourth quarter.
Salley had 74 rushing yards on nine attempts, while Pittman hit on 5-of-10 passes for 58 yards and Robinson caught three passes for 37 yards
Will Bowen recorded 12 tackles to lead EHS defensively, while La-Marcus Caradine had nine stops.
next up for Eupora is a road trip to Choctaw County to take on defending MHSAA Class 1A State Champion French Camp Academy.
“They really played Choctaw County hard,” Graham said of FCA’s 50-13 season-opening loss to the Chargers. “The heat just got to them in the second half. But their kids played hard and we and better be ready for them.”
French Camp actually led Choctaw County 6-0 after one quarter of play before the Charges scored 30 second-quarter points.
Eupora enters this week ranked No. 5 in the MAC coaches’ poll. Bassfield is ranked No. 1, followed by Taylorsville, Calhoun City, and East Marion