By Bryan Davis
The Hebron Christian Eagles (2-8; 0-3) had a tough 2010. Two weeks prior to Friday night’s game, their hunt for a playoff spot came to an end when they were defeated by Immanuel.
On Friday, the Eagles played their last match of the season, taking on district rival Winona. The Stars came to Hebron and defeated the Eagles 35-0.
The Eagles celebrated senior night prior to the game, recognizing those players who have put in tireless work for the program since they have been there.
Quarterback Chad Smith tops that list, leading the offense all season, including a pair of wins against West Memphis and Calhoun Academy. In both games, Smith had crucial touchdown runs on quarterback sneaks.
Leading the defensive side, as well as the offensive line, Jacob Crow was recognized as well.
Kevin Simmons, who forced a fumble in last week’s win over Calhoun played his final game as an Eagle.
Center Chase Ray and Jared Jones were called on as well.
One of the biggest pieces of the puzzle for Hebron’s two wins this season is senior Jae Shaw. He rushed for over 100 yards against Immanuel and Calhoun, scoring some big touchdowns.
Each one of these players will be missed by the Eagles next year, a team that should have around five seniors and three juniors.
The young Eagle team got off to an 0-2 start against Newton and DeSoto. They got the week three win over the Back Knights but failed to win over the next six weeks that included district games against Central Holmes and Immanuel.
The Navy/Gold Eagles went out on Friday night and played hard, but the district winners in Winona got the best of them before the night was over.
The Eagles were coached in 2010 by head coach Greg Watkins and assistants David Foster and Tri Nason.
The young group will be looking forward to the 2011 season, where they will return a seasoned group, ready to compete for a district title.