By Austin Bishop
Webster Progress Times
While he would have liked to have seen his team score a few more points, first year Eupora High School head football coach Stephen Edwards really liked the way his team competed for the full four quarters in a 13-7 loss to Region 4-2A leader Calhoun City on Friday night.
“The thought the kids played with more passion then they had in a long time,” Edwards said of his team, that is currently 7-3 overall and 2-2 in region play. “A lot of times a team will be excited going into the game, but you get hit a couple times and that passion goes away. I thought for four quarters we played passionate. We fought tooth and nail with one of the better teams in the (2A) North. It gave us a chance to win at the end.”
In fact the Eagles had the ball at the 40-yard line as time expired, but didn’t have enough time to tie the game.
“We had an opportunity at the end of the game,” said Edwards, who acknowledged that teams with speed have given his Eagles some trouble this season. “We just took better angles to the ball on defense,” he said of the way his team was able to hold Calhoun City to just 13 points. “It was just kids having fun out there and running to the football. That was the main thing a lot of people just stepped up their game and took care of their responsibility.”
The Eagles jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the game thanks to a touchdown set up by a fumble recovery by Cameron Townsend. Edwin Herard scored on a 4-yard run and Tanner Knight kicked the extra point to make it 7-0.
Calhoun City tied the game at 7-7 on a 6-yard scoring run early in the second quarter, which is how the score remained at the half.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Wildcats scored the winning touchdown on a 20-yard pass play with five minutes to go in the game.
“There were not a lot of folks that thought it was going to be a tough game other than the coaches and the people in the dressing room,” said Edwards of the match-up with Calhoun City. “I think it makes those kids see that we need to be passionate and be together and play together.”
Knight hit on 3-of-7 passes for 15 yards in the game, while Lamarcus Carradine had three catches for 21 yards. Claude Herard had 10 carries for 37 yards to lead the Eagles, while Edwin Herard had nine attempts for 24 yards.
Defensively, Tyler Bell led the way with seven tackles and a sack and Ash Dumas and Victor Goldman recorded six stops each. Carradine had three pass break-ups for EHS, while Dayan Miller had one of his own.
This week the Eagles will be making the short trip to East Webster to take on the Wolverines. The winner of that game will finish second in Region 4-2A and will host a first round game in the MHSAA Class 2A State Playoffs.