Hebron Christian hosted Mt. Salus from Clinton, Mississippi, in this week five high school football game. The Eagles held Homecoming festivities Friday night and crowned Miss Tapley as their queen.
After the pregame crowning, the Eagles took to the field where all aspects of their game were hitting on all cylinders. Both offensively and defensively, Hebron entertained their fans and gave them something to go home happy about. Hebron defeated Mt. Salus 36-8 bringing their record on the season to 5-0.
Once again Hebron found success on the ground. Taylor Coggins had a spectacular night as he carried eleven for 107 yards and three rushing touchdowns. Will Corbin Rogers (4 carries for 68 yards and 1 rushing touchdown) and Austin Foster (7 carries for 51 yards) also had a great game rushing. A new fold in the Hebronâ€™s offense, the triple option, has created more explosive chances for the Eagles to score.
Mt. Salus found it very difficult to score against the Golden Wall of Hebron Christian. The Eagles have continually been dominant on defense and have kept the first five opponents at bay throughout the season. Channing Tapley (12 tackles), Ryan Moore (11 tackles), and Collin Moore (7 tackles, 1 sack) lead Hebron defensively along with a Rogers 99-yard interception return for a touchdown.
â€śI was really pleased with our execution because our line blocked hard and backs hit the holes,â€ť said Coach David Foster, â€śI am just proud of our continued success.â€ť
In the first quarter, Hebron scored in three minutes as Coggins took an option pitch for his first of three touchdowns. The two-point conversion was no good and the score was 6-0 with 7:17 left in the first quarter. The Eaglesâ€™ defense brought the Mt. Salus offense to their first of many three and outs giving the ball back to the high-powered Hebron offense. Hebron Christian once again was able to score off a Coggins rush from the option. After the touchdown, Rogers rushed in the two point conversion bringing the score to 14-0 with 5:28 left in the first. Hebron finalized the first quarter with a Rogers rushing touchdown and a Rogers pass to Ryan Moore for the two point conversion. The first quarter ended with Hebron leading 22-0.
The Eagles continued their dominance in the second quarter as the defense held Mt. Salus scoreless with many three and outs. Coggins scored his final touchdown of the night on a our yard touchdown carry. A Rogers two-point conversion rush brought the score to 30-0 with 4:11 left in the first half. As the halftime buzzer sounded, Hebron found themselves by far the Homecoming favorite.
The second half continued in Hebronâ€™s favor although a full quarter drive by Mt. Salus kept the Eagle offense off the field for the third. Hebron held a goal ne stand against Mt. Salus ending their third quarter drive. A costly fumble by Hebron gave the ball right back to Mt. Salus inside the red zone in the fourth quarter. After two plays by Mt. Salus, Hebron literally caught a break as Rogers intercepted a pass and returned it 99 yards for a Hebron touchdown. Hebron expanded their lead to 36-0 with 5:45 left in the game. Mt. Salus was able to score as time expired on a long run, and the two-point conversion following was good bringing the final to 36-8.
â€śThis team has been playing well, and itâ€™s just amazing how we have been able to play,â€ť commented Taylor Coggins, â€śwe know we can win and it is just up to us to go out there and play.â€ť
The Eagles have reached the mid-point of their schedule, hoping that the first half of the seasonâ€™s achievements will propel them to win their final five games all the while taking each game one at a time. Hebron enjoyed a successful Homecoming and remains at home next Friday as Hebron take on Central Academy of Macon, Mississippi.