In some sports a wet, muddy field or track is often a deterrent to the players, runners, etc. However, the Eagles–who are used to soaring in all types of conditions–didn’t let the weather or the slick, muddy field keep them from handing the Cedarville Pirates a 22–14 loss last Friday at Pirate Field.
Weather conditions helped Coach Bryan Hutson determine how he would move the ball throughout the game. Keeping the ball on the ground for the better part of the game enabled the Eagles to get into scoring position and eat up the clock.
Cedarville got on the board first when Corey Fincher finished off the drive with a one-yard run into the end zone. Rhea tacked on the extra point to give the Pirates a 7–0 lead with 5:04 remaining in the opening quarter.
Paris came right back and took the ensuing kickoff down the field until the drive stalled at the 10-yard line. Rondney Lo was given the opportunity to get the Eagles on the board and nailed the 27-yard field goal bringing the score to 7–3 with 2:00 to play in the first quarter.
With less than two minutes to play in the second quarter, the Eagles took a lead that they would never relinquish. Devin Ellingburg completed the drive with a four yard carry into the end zone. Lo’s kick was blocked bringing the score to 9–7 at the halftime break.
Midway through the third quarter, David Buchanan connected with Grant Hutson across the middle for a 23-yard touchdown. Lo nailed the extra point to give the Eagles a 16–7 lead with 5:39 to play in the quarter.
Cedarville answered with a score of their own two and a half minutes later. Fincher carried the ball four straight times for the Pirates but it was Dylan Shelton’s pass to Fincher for 59-yards that set up the score. Fincher bulled his way into the end zone from 8-yards out to pull to within two points of the Eagles with a score of 16–14.
As time was running out in the quarter, Buchanan connected with Kaleb Owens for a 42-yard touchdown pass to give the Eagles a 21–14 lead going into the final quarter of the game.
Paris took advantage of two fumbles by the Pirates in the fourth quarter. Both fumbles happened deep in the Eagles’ territory with Paris recovering the ball to keep the Pirates out of the end zone. In addition to two recovered fumbles the Eagles also sacked the Pirate quarterback on a crucial fourth down play to give the Eagle offense the ball back.
The Eagles will be back on their own turf this week as they host the Atkins Red Devils. The Red Devils picked up their first conference victory last week with a 25–21 victory over the Mansfield Tigers.