With all the distractions off the field this week at Hebron Christian School, one might think the Eagles would lose focus with it being homecoming.
Not a chance, because after two straight losses by a combined four points, the Eagles are looking to end that skid and close out the season with a pair of home victories.
Eagles head football coach Tri Nason, hopes his players can stay focused in practice and take care of business on the football field tonight against Flint Hill (Ala.).
“Everyone’s a little distracted, practice is not quite as good as you could hope for,” he said. “We’ve had good practices the past couple of weeks and then hadn’t played the greatest of games so maybe this week it’ll be reversed; we’ll have mediocre practices and then come game
time, they’ll just unleash it.”
Last week the Eagles let another game slip through their fingers
following a 28-26 loss to reigning eight-man champion Kemper Academy.
The game didn’t go into overtime, but Eagles couldn’t punch in the score with time ticking away after starting their final drive from Kemper’s nine yard line. Three plays later, including and incomplete pass in the end-zone and facing fourth and goal, quarterback Will-Corbin Rogers was stopped about two and half yards short of the goal line as Kemper held
on for the win.
“I want them to realize how close those games were,” Nason said. “They’re looking at four more points in those games and we have a 4-1 record and not a 2-3. I don’t want them to get caught up in, ‘we’re just going to keep on losing’. I want them to know that we’re still going to fight and we’re still a pretty decent team.”
The Eagles are more than decent. Over the last four games they have totaled 426, 456, 309 and 304-yards respectively but still managed just a 2-2 record over that span. One of those victories came in front of their home crowd and since then they have had back-to-back road games after starting the season on the road.
Nason says despite the homecoming festivities, the players are looking forward to playing in front of more than a handful of faithful fans that made the trips.
“They want their classmates to come and see the hard work that they’ve put into this season,” he said. “I know that’s going to be a big time boost for us because once that kicks in, they’re going to be pretty tough. That’s going to be a big motivational boost for the guys.”
Nason said the players haven’t stopped talking about how excited they are to play at home, something that should be a huge factor against the Flames.
Flint Hill, a member of the Alabama Independent School Association has struggled this season, and are still searching for their first win at 0-7. Nason said that several key players will be out for this game, but junior quarterback Dallas Conn will suit up as the best offensive weapon. Conn has thrown for over 1,000 yards with seven touchdowns.
“We’re assuming they’re going to be just as good as everyone else we have played so far,” Nason said. “We’re not going to take anything for granted. We’re going to assume we’re stepping out onto the field with South Panola.”
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