Fort Knox, KY | October 13, 2017
Blame it on cooler fall
air, pink cancer awareness socks or the sheer frustration at having an extremely difficult year, but one thing definitely changed at McAdams Field on Fort Knox. The Eagles stormed the field to show the Webster County Trojans they can play some serious football. Play they did.
From start to finish, the Eagles’ defense busted through the Trojan line ruthlessly, pressuring the quarterback to make errors when he wasn’t getting sacked.
“We had a week of good practice,” said Eagles head coach Sam Wilson. “We’ve been struggling with tackling so we worked on that all week, and it paid off. The guys brought it to them tonight.”
From start to finish, the offense, led by quarterback Maleeq Walters (4), provided the perfect balance between passing and rushing yardage, keeping the
Trojan defense off balance and having to guess their strategy.
The Eagles dominated play throughout the first quarter although the game remained scoreless. That changed with less than two minutes remaining when Hector Villalpando (11) broke through the Trojan line, taking the ball half the length of the field to put the Eagles on the board. An easy two-point conversion by running back Ashton Robinson (34) left the Trojans scrambling to find some momentum.
Momentum never came as the Eagles soared into halftime with a 30-0 lead.
During halftime, pink-clad cheerleaders took to the stands to rouse the fans with free items. They joined forces with the high school’s student council to promote
cancer awareness, even selling pink ribbons with 50 percent of the proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen foundation. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“This is a worthy cause,” said senior April Jones, student class president.
The break seemed to work for the Trojans as they started moving the ball early in the second half.
Hope for a comeback died quickly, though, as Villalpando again broke through the line to put another six points on the board with 7-1/2 minutes left in the third quarter.
The Eagles weren’t without errors.
A Trojan interception looked to provide Webster County with a score, but the Eagle defense proved too fierce to let that happen.
Late in the game, a long mid-air grab by Eagles wide receiver Zach Loiselle (21) followed by an easy end
zone run by running back Tjuante Pittman (5) ensured no possibility of a Trojan comeback.
The Eagles finished
the game with 44 points under their belts and a
complete routing of the Trojans.
“It’s always good to get a
win,” said Wilson. “I think we’re moving in the right direction now. My kids needed this. They needed it bad.”
Wilson hopes to capitalize on the momentum for their next game, at home, against Caverna – a District 2 challenger. Like Knox, Caverna was winless leading up to Friday night’s action. Unlike Knox, Caverna remains winless.