Hebron Christian had an almost perfect performance Friday night, arguably their best on the season.
The Eagles (4-3) had 363 yards of total offense and scored on four of the first five drives in the first half on their way to a 52-6 victory over Flint Hill on homecoming night.
Head coach Tri Nason said it was a complete team effort in the victory as the Eagles halted a two-game skid in front of a large crowd at home.
"We kind of had a feeling from the scores that we've seen on them that they may not be too strong," he said. "We knew if we wanted to win, we had to shut him down(Flint hill QB Dallas Conn) and we did that. I was proud of my guys. But the same with a loss, we're going to wake up tomorrow and forget this and get ready for next week because next week is the one that really means a lot to everybody."
Hebron amassed 194-yards on the ground in the first half and quickly made 16-0 on just three offensive plays.
Taylor Coggins ran it 42-yards on the first play from scrimmage to give the Eagles an 8-0 lead after forcing a turnover on downs and sacking Conn three times on the Flames opening drive.
The Eagles defense held Flint Hill to just two yards on the next possession before Cody Tatum scored from 22-yards out to extend the lead.
Quez Robinson needed just one play to make it a three possession ball game with a 40-yard sprint down the sideline to stretch the lead to 21-0 after the failed two point conversion.
Hebron quarterback Will-Corben Rogers picked off Conn on the Flames next drive in the secondary, then proceeded to connect with Coggins for a 61-yard pass and catch to make it 32-0 before the end of the first quarter. It was the third one-play drive for a touchdown the Eagles had before the break.
The Flames, 0-8 on the season had their best drive of the ball game starting from their own 27 yard line. Five plays into the drive, Rogers picked off his second pass of the night, but was flagged for pass interference. Six plays later, Flint Hill avoided the shutout with a six yard pass and catch from Conn to James Mitchell.
Flint Hill caught a break on the ensuing kick off, recovering the on-side kick. However, Rogers recorded his second official interception on the very next play to set up the Eagles next scoring drive. Linemen Hunter Thompson and Troy Arnold combined for 46-yards in the backfield to push the Eagles down field where Rogers capped off the six play drive with an eight yard quarterback keeper. 38-6 Hebron at the half.
Despite all the distractions that can be around homecoming week, Nason said the team remained focus to come out and get a win.
"By the time Thursday got here, we had one of our best pre-game practices all year," he said. "They were focused, on target and did really well."
The Eagles held the Flames to just 114 yards of total offense for the game and forced four turnovers including three interceptions.
Thompson gave the Eagles a 46-6 lead on Hebron's first drive of the second half with a four yard touchdown run set up by a 52 yard quarterback keeper by Rogers before he was knocked out of bounds.
The Flames fumbled the ball on their next possession setting up a 13-yard touchdown run by Ben Pearson who rushed for 31-yards on the drive.
Thompson led the defense with nine tackles and an interception, Rogers finished with seven, Arnold had six including a team high three sacks a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Coggins also finished with half a dozen.
This was no doubt a confidence booster for the Eagles who essentially have been playing for fun all season long after making the decision to drop down to 8-man. Nason said the Flames had the statistics to stay in the ball game.
"They had the ability to stay with us, but we had to really play defense," he said. "I was real proud of our defense for stepping up tonight."
The Eagles close out the regular season next week when they host Calhoun Academy who lost to Briarfield, La. 62-24.View more articles in: