So far the 2010 football season has been very kind to the Pierce City Eagles as they moved to 2-0 with a 43-0 win over Liberal last Friday.
"We played well tonight," Eagles Head Coach Mac Whitehead said. "We were able to overcome some early mistakes and put together a great team effort."
The Eagles' offense picked up where it left off last week, scoring touchdowns on six of its eight first half possessions.
Pierce City scored with 6:13 left in the first quarter as Wayne Joe Sooter capped a seven-play, 40-yard drive with a five yard scamper to pay dirt. On the next drive, Pierce City's Curtis Palmer rumbled 25 yards for the score to make it 13-0 with 1:37 left in the first.
Liberal opened the second quarter going three and out. On fourth down, Pierce City's Aaron Crouch blocked and recovered Liberal's punt. Two plays later the Eagles' Cody Cox raced 21 yards to make the score 21-0.
The Eagles would add touchdowns by Cox (six-yard run), Mitchell Gibson (42-yard reception) and Sooter (6-yard run) to give them a 43-0 halftime advantage.
|The Eagles' hog mollies Aaron Crouch, Zach Crouch, Colton Dunn, Garron Cantrell and AJ Lamstus consistently opened up lanes for the running backs.|
"Our five O-linemen are extremely talented," Whitehead said. "They are not afraid to line up and hit anyone or anything in front of them. We had a great week of practice, the coaching staff put together a great game plan and we executed."
The Eagles do have some things to work on this week.
"We lost two turnovers (one on the opening possession and an interception on the goal line), and we had two touchdowns called back on penalties," Whitehead said. "We cannot continue to make those mental errors. "I thought our special teams play was much improved over week one. We were four of five on extra points and our kickoff coverage was better.
The Eagles' offense ran for 233 yards. Cox had 14 carries for 97, and Palmer finished with 73 yards on six carries. The defense was able to pitch a shutout.
"The boys have a tremendous amount of pride," Whitehead said. "It would be easy for them to come out of the locker room and relax and coast to the win. But they stay hungry. It was big for the junior varsity to keep the zero egg on the board. The minutes they are playing are going to pay off in the future.
|"Our crowd was great tonight," Whitehead added. "They were very vocal and supportive. It means a lot to the team to look up and see the stands full and to hear the roar of the crowd."|
The Eagles will host Diamond Friday night at 7 p.m.