MERIDIAN - Will Corben-Rogers ran for two touchdowns and threw for another Friday night, leading the Hebron Eagles to their first win on the season, 48-8 over Calvary Christian (0-3).
First year head coach Tri Nason described the victory as a complete turn around from week one.
â€śIâ€™m glad the first win is out of the way, now that we know what weâ€™re doing does work,â€ť he said.
Last week during the bye week, the Eagles (1-1) had implemented almost an entirely new offense with the addition of several more passing plays while also giving Rogers a little more freedom inside the huddle and on the line of scrimmage. Fridayâ€™s point total, the highest since Nason has been with the program over the last three years, appears to be an indication of a breath of fresh air for the Eagles.
Rogers got the offense rolling in the first quarter with a pair of touchdown runs, 27-yards and one yard out to give the Eagles and early 14-0 lead. Taylor Coggins made it 21-0 in the second with a 10-yard rush before Rogers found David Kinard for a 15-yard pass and catch for a 28-0 advantage at the half. Rogers was solid in the air, going 6-of-10 for 152 yards on the night.
â€śPretty much everything was clicking for us,â€ť Nason said. The Eagles racked up 426-yards of total offense, including 274 on the ground. Rogers led the team with 136 yards on eight carries.
â€śBasically all we ran last night was the new formation and the new plays. Defensively we looked like a completely different team. I hope itâ€™s here to stayâ€ť
Nason said there was a total team effort on the defensive side, at least three or four players on every tackle. Their only hiccup was giving up the lone touchdown run because they didnâ€™t wrap up.
Cody Tatum extended the lead for Hebron in the third quarter and in the fourth, Rogers scored his fourth touchdown, this time a 26-yard fumble recovery to give the Eagles an untested 48-0 advantage.
Tatum and Harley Thompson were the top defensive play-makers, with 10 and eight tackles respectively. Troy Arnold who finished with two sacks, and Kinard finished with seven apiece.
Nason said after Fridayâ€™s victory, this is a big confidence booster for the rest of the season.
â€śItâ€™s not just for this season, but for the guys whoâ€™ve been playing the last couple of years,â€ť he said. â€śTheyâ€™re not used to going into half-time up 28-0. They realized after half-time they werenâ€™t satisfied.â€ť
The Eagles will primarily stick to the new system while mixing in a few of the original plays they ran in the first week confusing opposing defenses.
â€śWeâ€™ll probably go to a spread, throw the ball here and there and just play hard football,â€ť Nason said.
The Eagles look to pull out another victory when they host Clinton Christian September 9.