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.
“I’m glad the first win is out of the way, now that we know what we’re doing does work,” 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. Friday’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.
“Pretty much everything was clicking for us,” 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.
“Basically all we ran last night was the new formation and the new plays. Defensively we looked like a completely different team. I hope it’s here to stay”
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 didn’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 Friday’s victory, this is a big confidence booster for the rest of the season.
“It’s not just for this season, but for the guys who’ve been playing the last couple of years,” he said. “They’re not used to going into half-time up 28-0. They realized after half-time they weren’t satisfied.”
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.
“We’ll probably go to a spread, throw the ball here and there and just play hard football,” Nason said.
The Eagles look to pull out another victory when they host Clinton Christian September 9.