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Eagles tame the Tigers

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Pierce City Eagles football team scored 18 points in 2:15 to build a 39-0 lead en route to a 47-0 win over the Lockwood Tigers last Friday.

"Our boys played well," said Pierce City Head Coach Mac Whitehead. "Lockwood was very physical and fought hard all night long. We had a really good game plan and executed very well."

With 3:09 left in the second quarter Lockwood was trailing 21-0. The Tigers lined up to punt the ball back to Pierce City. The snap sailed over the Tiger punter's head and into the end zone where it was covered for a safety. On the ensuing free-kick Pierce City's Wayne Joe Sooter returned the ball 62 yard for the touchdown with 2:59 left in the second quarter.

Pierce City had posted 10 points in 10 seconds. The Eagles got the ball back with 1:54 in the half and needed only one play to score. The Eagles' running back Cody Cox jetted down the sidelines for a 70 yard touchdown to give Pierce City a 39-0 halftime lead.

The Eagles hardnosed defense stifled and frustrated Lockwood all night, intercepting six Tiger passes. Lockwood managed six first downs for the game.

"The defense came to play," said Assistant Coach Doug Weatherly. "We want to harass Lockwood's quarterback and force him to make quick decisions."

One of Pierce City's goals this year was to sustain drives and keep its defense on the sidelines. The Eagles' first scoring drive covered 20 yards in three plays and was capped off by a 20-yard Cedric O'Hara pass to Cox.

On the Eagles' next drive they traveled 90 yards in 10 plays, capped by a Cox one-yard plunge.

"Our front five dominated tonight," said Whitehead. "Words cannot express how proud I am of them tonight. They continue to open up running lanes and give Cedric (O'Hara) plenty of time to throw the ball."

Cox finished the night with 148 yards rushing on 17 carries. Curtis Palmer rushed 10 times for 105 yards.

The win sets the stage for a Lawrence County showdown with Miller Friday night, in what is guaranteed to be the biggest game of the season for each school.

"Our record goes to 0-0 to start district play," said Whitehead. "We will be ready to play Friday."

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