The Pierce City Eagles (4-0) used a quick start and a stout defense to defeat Greenfield 43-6 in football action last Friday.
"I thought we won all three phase of the game," said Eagles Coach Mac Whitehead. "These are smart football players. They take what ----we work on in practice and apply it on the field."
Greenfield won the opening toss an elected to receive. On the Wildcats first play from scrimmage, Pierce City's Cedric O'Hara intercepted the pass and returned it to the Wildcats 14 yard line. Three plays later O'Hara threw a nine yard touchdown strike to wide reciever Mitchell Gibson strike putting the Eagles up 7-0 with 10:34 remaining in the first quarter.
Pierce City would get the ball back with 7:41 in the first quarter. The Eagles would only need one play and eight seconds to score.
Running back Cody Cox took an O'Hara pitch and raced 55-yards to pay dirt for an Eagle 13-0 lead.
Pierce City would make it 21-0 on the first play of the second quarter when O'Hara and Gibson again hooked up on a 36-yard pitch and catch.
The Eagles unveiled their new hurry up offense with 2:23 to play in the second quarter. It worked to perfection.
The Eagles moved the ball 73 yards in nine plays scoring on a O'Hara to tight-end Chance Chapman eight yard pass with no time left on the clock.
The Eagles took a 29-0 lead into the half.
Pierce City opened up the second half with a bang. Cox took the kick-off and raced 90-yads down the sideline for a touchdown.
"Cody has a ton of speed," Whitehead said "Two defenders had the angle (to tackle him) and he out-ran them both."
The Wildcats scored their lone touchdown on a 60-yard fumble recovery with 7:04 left in the third quarter. The Eagles would block the extra point attempt.
Cox would add a 15-yard scamper to paydirt with 6:40 left in the fourth to round out the scoring.
Pierce City's special teams once again had a good night, blocking a punt, extra point attempt and returning a kick off for a touchdown.
"I told Cody to enjoy that (kick-off) return," Whitehead said. "When the teams from around the conference watch this game tape they won't be kicking to him anymore."
|Once again the starting defense played lights-out. The Wildcats deepest penetration was the Eagles 23 yard line.||O'Hara had two interceptions on the night. The longes Wildact run was nine yards.|
"We are a defensive minded football team," Whitehead said "The boys came ready to play and it showed on that side of the ball."
Despite the lopsided score, there is still plenty of work for these Eagles to do.
"We made some silly mistakes tonight," Whitehead added. "We had too many penalties, missed a pitch to the running back and dropped some passes that should have been caught. It comes down to being better prepared and executing."
For the first time all season the Eagles played their starters all game. Whitehead had been concerned if his team was four quarters conditioned. He got his answer.
"We are not four quarters ready," Whitehead said "We were winded and tired in the fourth quarter. They boys even said in the locker room after the game they need to run and work harder more to gain more stamina."
The Eagles travel to Jasper this Friday.