After another two-week layoff on the gridiron, the Hebron Eagles will take the field tonight looking to continue their two game winning streak when they travel to Pearl to take on Class A-4 Park Place.
In their last contest, the Eagles came from behind to pull out a 36-16 victory over Clinton Christian thanks to a three touchdown performance by Taylor Coggins. Head coach Tri Nason said the layoff gave a chance for the Eagles to catch a breather.
“We had a couple bumps and bruises we got over so that was a good thing,” he said. “We put in a couple new plays, but nothing too big. The main thing was to give everybody a little rest so they can finish out these last four pretty strong.”
Nason said that the intensity that has been slowly building over the last few weeks is still there among the Eagles, but he said they were a little disappointed with their overall effort the last time out.
“The way they started, they want to play for quarters,” he said. “I’m real proud because to them it’s not about winning the game, it’s about playing the whole game. If they can play four quarters all out, there’s really no telling what they could do.”
The effort two weeks ago by the Eagles was nothing to frown about. Coggins, who ran for a team-high 175-yards had three scores including a 52-yard run that put the Eagles right back in the ball game. Hebron amassed 456 total yards of offense in the win, including an explosive running attack that tallied 392 yards.
Hebron’s next opponent might not have an impressive record, but 2-3 Park Place, normally playing 11-man football, has some very good offensive weapons to prepare for, including senior running back Damon Cole.
“He’s tall and he’s got speed,” Nason described. “On top of that, he doesn’t mind going up the middle either. We figured that’s going to be the key to their offense. I think if we can shut him down, everything else will take care of itself.”
The Crusaders have the ability to score points, a total of 72 so far this season including a season-best 26 in their first win on the season over Tallulah.
Nason said after watching film, Park Place aren’t as strong defensively as they are offensively, which could be in favor for the Eagles who might have a few more tricks up their sleeve.
“We have it in us to get another win,” Nason said. “This team (Park Place), is going to be better. I don’t think they have the athletes that Clinton Christian have. But they’re a much better football team.”
Kick-off is set for 7:30.