Hebron entered into tonight’s football game 5-0 and played host to Central Academy from Macon, Mississippi.
Coach Foster mercifully did not play his starters against a definitely weak Central Academy who had earlier in the week threatened to forfeit the game. The Eagles, though slow to start the game, finished strong in the second half winning 30-0.
Offensively, the Eagles had many ups and downs, but the offense got the ball rolling in the second half. Hebron Christian’s offense was led by Channing Tapley (9 carries for 50 yards rushing), Collin Moore (12 carries for 99 yards), and Andrew Myatt (10 carries for 40 yards). Moore had two rushing touchdowns and Myatt supplied another touchdown on the ground as well.
Hebron was able to keep the Central Academy Vikings out of the end zone and recorded their first shut out of the season. The second defense kept the same standard of the usual defense and held strong throughout the whole game. The defense was led by Tapley, (14 tackles), Jessie Moore (13 tackles and 1 sack), Collin Moore (8 tackles and 1 interception), and Troy Arnold (7 tackles and 1 sack). Myatt also had a 24 yard interception return touchdown in the second quarter.
“We didn’t meet our expectations in the first half,” said Collin Moore after the win, “But we came out in the second half, hit harder, ran harder, and just played a better ball game.”
The first quarter was very uncharacteristic for Hebron as they were unable to produce any offense. Also, the Eagles caught the turnover bug in their first drive of the game as Myatt fumbled the football turning it over to Central Academy. The Vikings took a seven minute drive into Hebron Christian territory but were unable to convert on fourth down giving the ball back to the Eagles. Once again, Hebron could not start the offense up on a second drive three and out, leading to the end of the first quarter with Hebron and Central Academy deadlocked.
Central Academy started the second quarter with the ball in their possession but never accomplished much as they had a hard time taking snaps from under center. Finally Hebron found the right formula for success on offense as Myatt scampered into the end zone from 24 yards out giving Hebron the lead. A Tapley two-point conversion brought the score to 8-0 with 7:33 left in the first half. Once again Hebron and Central Academy could not get much going during the middle of the second quarter. But another breakthrough came when Myatt intercepted a Central Academy pass and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown. The ensuing two-point conversion was not successful and Hebron entered into halftime leading the Vikings 14-0.
Central Academy began the second half with continued sporadic offense success though taking four minutes off the clock in the third quarter. Hebron also was unable to get a successful drive in during the third quarter.
Later in the fourth quarter, Collin Moore broke away from the pack of Viking tacklers and ran into the end zone from 30 yards out. The two-point conversion was run in by Myatt bringing the score to 22-0 with 8:18 left in the game. Hebron finished their last drive of the game with an exclamation mark as Collin Moore once again broke away with 51 seconds left in the game and a Tapley two-point conversion finalized the victory for Hebron at 30-0.
“I was confidence with how our defense played,” said Coach David Foster, “my offense, though without my Seniors, came out from halftime and we did a better job blocking and not turning the ball over.”
This win over Central Academy of Macon, MS has brought the Eagles to six wins on the season. The Eagles continue to show dominance on the defensive side of the ball and have the capability of moving the ball on offense. Hebron Christian plays host in a major test as Kemper Academy travels to Pheba next Friday, September 28. “Kemper is always a good football team,” said Coach Foster, “we are going to polish things up this week, and bring our A-game next Friday.”