|Any pre-game nervousness that first year Pierce City Eagles' Head Football Coach Mac Whitehead had were quickly alleviated with a 48-7 rout of the Sarcoxie Bears.|
The Eagles scored a touchdown on its first six possessions and seven of its first eight.
"The boys really came ready to play tonight," Coach Whitehead said. "Assistant Coaches Doug Weatherly and Kenny O'Hara do a tremendous job scouting and preparing these boys. I am glad to have these men helping this team."
|The Eagles' defense frustrated the Bears all night, forcing four interceptions. The Bears could only muster 47 total yards of offense and only managed to run three plays in the first half and only 12 plays for the game in Eagle's territory. Middle-linebacker Curtis Palmer finished the game with three interceptions.||Sportsmanship kudos goes, to Palmer, who could have scored touchdown off his last interception, but chose to run out of bounds.|
"I can't say enough about Curtis," Whitehead said. "He is a smart kid and a hard worker. With the big lead at half time (48-0), I told the team that we didn't want to embarrass anyone. Curt running that ball out-of-bounds showed signs of great maturity."
The Eagles' offense was very efficient on the evening scoring 28 first quarter points despite only possessing the ball for 1:24 and running 6 offensive plays.
Pierce City began its first two drives inside the Bears' 10-yard line. Curtis Palmer got the scoring started with a 3 yard plunge at 9:16. Two minutes later Eagles' Cedric O'Hara would take the snap and make it 14-0. After a Bears turnover, Eagles' tailback Cody Cox would fly 79 yards to extend the lead with 3:34 left in the first. 1:45 later Wayne Joe Sooter took an O'Hara swing pass and raced 17 yards to pay dirt.
Palmer would add at 49-yard touchdown run at the 11:51 mark of the second quarter to put the Eagles up 35-0 and wide receiver Mitchell Gibson hauled in a 37 yard strike from O'Hara to cap the first half scoring. In the second half O'Hara would race 97-yards on the second play from scrimmage to give the Eagles a 48-0 advantage.
"We wanted to let our starters play the first series of the second half," Whitehead said. "After that quick score we let our junior varsity play the remainder of the game."
The lone Bears score came on an impressive 18 play, 83-yard drive, which chewed up 12:51 of the second half clock.
Despite the lop-sided score the Bears played a solid game and did find some weaknesses in the Eagles' game plan.
"We are going to have to work on our kick off coverage and extra point game this week," Whitehead said "Coach Luke Rader deserves a lot of credit for what he is doing with these (Sarcoxie) boys. They never quit. It would have been easy for them to pack it in, but they played hard all night long."
After the game the Eagles team gave the gameball to Coach Whitehead in honor of his first high school win.
"This is a great group of guys and I am honored to be their coach," Whitehead said. "We still have a lot of things to accomplish this season. We need to start preparing for our next test."
The Eagles will be at home Friday night to face Liberal.