This week it was Jacksonville with a 40-20 win over region opponent Hokes Bluff.
The Eagles, up 21-13 at the half, tacked on 19 more points in the third quarter to take the victory and improve to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the region.
Jacksonville’s first touchdown was set up by Elijah Cunningham’s interception of a Warrior pass on the Eagles’ 30-yard line. He returned it to the Hokes Bluff 12. Moments later Dominique Thomas took the ball in from the four and with the extra point by Mason Tompkins Jacksonville was up 7-0. Tompkins ended the game 5-for-6 in extra points.
Eagles’ quarterback Jackson Bell also added a four-yard touchdown in the first quarter to give Jacksonville a 14-7 lead.
Jacksonville added one more touchdown before the end of the half when Bell hit Sid Thurmond on an 11-yard scoring pass.
A big play by senior Lavontae LaCount saved a touchdown. LaCount intercepted a Hokes Bluff pass in the end zone to prevent a touchdown toward the end of the first half.
Later in the game, LaCount accounted for his second interception setting up another Jacksonville touchdown. LaCount also led the Eagles in tackles for the game.
All the rest of the Eagle scoring came in the third quarter. Thurmond added another touchdown, this time on a 23-yard run.
Bell, who finished the game with 116 yards on 14 carries, broke loose for a 50-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Bell also was 5-for-10 in the passing department for 61 yards.
The Eagles finished their scoring with a 65-yard sprint into the end zone by Thomas to give the Eagles the 40-20 win.
Thomas was the leading rusher for the Eagles with 169 yards on 23 carries.
Eagle coach Clint Smith was pleased with his team’s performance. “We came out and established ourselves early and went in at the half 20-13. We came back out and once again had a strong third quarter and were able to pull away from them and once again we were able to play our younger guys late in the game.”
This week the Eagles will face tough competition from another region opponent, Cherokee County. The Warriors (1-1, 1-0) had a big 29-23 win over Alexandria last Friday.
“They are extremely big and extremely physical up front,” Smith said. “They average about 280 across the front and are just huge. They do a good job of coming off the ball. They have one of the fastest running backs that we’ve seen on film and we’ll have to control him. It will be a big challenge for us defensively.”
Jacksonville will face the Warriors at home on Friday night at 7 p.m.