The Pierce City Eagles football team used a little bit of trickery, big plays and stingy defense to defeat McAuley 50-0 last Friday night in front of a large homecoming crowd.
|The Eagles defense, for the second consecutive game held an opponent to negative yardage on offense (-3 yards not including return yards). Offensively, the Eagles racked up 50 points with 248 total yards of offense.||The Eagles scored touchdowns on all seven of their first half possessions|
"When the lights come on, the boys come to play," said Pierce City Head Coach Mac Whitehead. "I was very pleased with our effort tonight. McAuley couldn't keep up with us."
The Warriors started on offense and fumbled on their second play from scrimmage. Pierce City's Aaron Crouch recovered giving the Eagles first and 10 on the McAuley 30 yard line.
On Pierce City's first play from scrimmage quarterback Cedric O'Hara handed the ball to running back Wayne Joe Sooter, who then ran towards the far sideline stopped. Turned and threw the ball back across the field to a wide-open O'Hara, who took it in for the touchdown.
"I asked Matt Street (Pierce City Basketball coach) before the game what play we should run first," Whitehead said. "That was the play he called. After the game Matt told me he thought I was joking."
On the Eagles second drive, they would again only need one play. This time Sooter would take the hand-off and race 50 yards to pay dirt with 8:13 remaining in the first quarter.
Pierce City would get the ball back two minutes later and make the score 21-0 on an O'Hara 27-yard pass to Mitchell Gibson at the 3:49 mark of the first quarter.
"As a coach you are always real proud when you see your players perform well," said Assistant Coach Kenny O'Hara. "But being able to coach your son and seeing him perform well, that's a special blessing."
Sooter would make the score 28-0 with a 33-yard touchdown run with 11:50 left in the second quarter. Running back Cody Cox would get in the mix scoring on a 14-yard plunge with 8:17 remaining in the first half.
Pierce City's fullback Curtis Palmer would score the Eagles last two touchdowns. He scored on pass receptions of 50 and 10 yards.
|"Palmer's speed has surprised me the most this season," said Whitehead. "He brings an entirely different look to our offense. We have speed with Cody (Cox), Cedric (O'Hara) can throw the ball, Curtis (Palmer) brings power plus the speed he displays is a nice bonus."|
"It was good to see all the former players who returned for homecoming," said Assistant Coach Doug Weatherly. "I always enjoy catching up with those guys and talking about the days when they played for me. I thought our defense played hard tonight and did a good job of shutting down McAuley."
The Eagles host Lockwood this Friday night.