A 4-3 record may not seem like much to most on paper, but for Hebron Christian, Friday nightâ€™s 24-6 win over Calhoun Academy made a clear statement the Eagles football program is headed in the right direction.
Head coach Tri Nason talked all week about the importance in having a winning season, and the players bought into it.
â€śOne hundred percent,â€ť he said. â€śI count this season as a success even though we are 4-3. We could easily be 6-1. And on top of that we did what most people said what we wouldnâ€™t do and that was win more than a couple of games.â€ť
The Eagles picked up right where they left off last week, scoring on the first play from scrimmage with a 31-yard touchdown catch by Taylor Coggins on a pass from Will-Corben Rogers.
Hebron doubled their tally in the second quarter when Rogers and Coggins teamed up again for a 25-yard score. A failed two point conversion made it 14-0 Eagles at the intermission.
Nason said a winning season gives those younger guys a little boost of confidence for next fall.
â€śEvery game we played we were right there with a chance to win it,â€ť he said. â€śAll we have to do now is work a little harder and we can have a pretty good season next year.â€ť
The Eagles scored in third quarter with Coggins again crossing the goal line, this time on a 57-yard scamper. Quez Robinson added a safety in the fourth quarter to make it 24-0.
Calhoun ended the shutout with a short touchdown run late in the fourth.
For the seniors on the team, they didnâ€™t want the game to end and they left it all out on the field. Hareley Thompson played with a sore right arm while David Kinard suffered a hand injury and refused to leave the ball game.
The Eagles ran the ball efficiently all night long, totaling 318 yards on the night led by Coggins and Rogers who finished with 112 and 101-yards respectively. Robinson contributed 78-yards on half a dozen
carries. Rogers was 5-of-8 for 118 yards and a pair of scores.
On defense, Thompson again was the teamâ€™s leading tackler with 13 on the night including a fumble recovery. Coggins and David Kinard recorded eight and seven apiece and a sack. Rogers and Robinson each finished with five.
Before the start of the season, the Eagles were forced to drop down to 8-man because of numbers, although itâ€™s too early to make that decision now, after the success they have enjoyed this season, Nason said he wouldnâ€™t rule out the possibility to do it again for next year.
â€śI think we can be the thorn in the side for most of the teams we played,â€ť he said. â€śOne thing about our guys, the way they were hitting guys in the second half of the season, I imagine a bunch of teams are real glad when the game is over with to get off the field with our
That says a lot about a team that was ineligible for postseason play and basically suiting up every Friday for a scrimmage. Although it didnâ€™t mean much in terms of football glory, to the players and the coaches, it was worth it.
â€śWords canâ€™t describe how proud I am of them,â€ť Nason said. â€śItâ€™s more than just football, but what kind of young men they are to be able to go out and do that.â€ťView more articles in: