By Austin Bishop
Webster Progress Times
Okolona’s 1-5 record isn’t fooling second-year Eupora High School head football coach Stephen Edwards. Not even for a second.
“Everybody in this league (Region 4-2A) can beat you,” Edwards said. “There are no weak links.”
The 4-2 Eagles of Eupora open league play at home on Friday night when Okolona pays a visit. Last year EHS managed to fight for a 29-22 road win over the Chieftains.
“They are just going to snap the ball to their skill guys and run hard down hill,” Edwards said. “They do a good job with what they have got. They utilize their athletes well.”
Okolona won its season opener 42-18 over Nettelton and have lost five straight, but played Baldwyn close last week in a 24-14 setback. The only common opponent the two teams have is Houston. The Hilltoppers beat Okolona 35-6 earlier in the season and Eupora 30-7 last week.
“I think we were ready and I thought we played with good effort Friday night,” Edwards said of the loss to Houston. “We just had some things go against us. We had a safety and then they scored a touchdown on a second and long. But now the season starts over for us. We have to be ready to play. We will have our hands full.
Eupora has scored 34 or more points in five of its six games, including a 35-34 loss to Choctaw County the second Friday in September.
On Friday, the only touchdown for EHS came on a 25-yard fumble return by Preston Perkins.
Edwin Herard rushed for 63 yards on 14 carries for the Eagles, while hitting on 6-of-24 passes for 68 yards.
Tanner Knight had two catches for 27 yards, while Kaylend Coffey had two for 12 and Camron Culpepper had one catch for 25 yards.
Claude Herard led the Eupora defense with eight stops, while Connor Hood recorded six and Tyler Bell, Jalan Potts, Charvez Embry and Ash Dumas were in on five each. Knight and Culpepper each had an interception, while Laquarvius Payton and Perkins each recovered a fumble and Claude Herard blocked a punt.