No. 4 - Hebron v. Strider Academy

By: 
WILL NATIONS
Sports Reporter

Daily Times Leader (DTL) continues its Top 5 countdown of the Hebron Christian Eagles' 2014 football season. The Eagles had a 6-4 overall record, including a 3-1 record in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools' (MAIS) District 7-A. Hebron made the 2014 playoffs before bowing out to eventual MAIS 8-man champion Sharkey-Issaquena Academy in the opening round of the postseason. This season, David Foster returns for his fourth football season as Hebron's head coach, boasting a 21-10 personal record. Foster and the Eagles, who play in District 2 8-man, open their regular season against Sharkey-Issaquena on Friday, Aug. 21 at HCS in Pheba.

No. 4: Today's game recalls the Eagles' 38-14 win over Delta Academy on Friday, Sept. 26 in Pheba.

THE FACTS: Starting quarterback Channing Tapley passed for two touchdowns, and Landon Hill accounted for three scores as the Eagles opened District 7-A competition with a 43-0 victory over Strider Academy Friday, Oct. 3 in Charleston. It was the Eagles third consecutive win since falling to No. 1 Sharkey-Issaquena Academy Sept. 12, in Rolling Fork.
Three minutes into the first quarter, Tapley connected with Griffin, a junior wide receiver, for a 16-yard touchdown. Tapley would find Griffin, again, on a 50-yard strike during the second quarter, and Moore scored a 21-yard touchdown run as the Eagles entered halftime with a 22-0 lead.
In the second half, it was all Hill. The 6-foot-4 Eagle athlete scored a pick-six touchdown for 60 yards and added two rushing touchdowns, a 60-yarder and 7-yarder. Hill has a team-high 13 touchdowns on the season.

THE STATS: Hebron gained 297 total yards on offense. The Eagles rushed for 179 yards and passed for 118. Hill led the rushing attack with eight carries for 84 yards and two touchdowns, and senior Collin Moore contributed with five carries for 59 yards and touchdown. In the air, Tapley was 7 of 13 with two touchdowns, connecting with Lucas Foster, Payton Griffin and Moore.

THE NEXT MEETING: Hebron and Strider square off in an 8-man non-district game on Friday, Sept. 4 in Pheba. The Eagles have won the past three meetings by a combined score of 99-6, including two straight shut outs. Hebron leads the series with five wins out of seven meetings since 2004.

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