A 45-point underdog, Greenville Christian turn the odds around to blank Lucas Christian 48-0 in the Eagles’ six-man football opener on hot Saturday afternoon.
Playing in temperatures that reached 97 degrees, Greenville Christian scored five touchdowns on offense, plus two TDs and a safety on defense to improve its season record to 2-1.
“They played well,” said Eagle coach Randy Jones. “They had a good tenacity about them.”
Eagle quarterback Wilson Feezel went 10-of-19 passing for 177 yards, including touchdowns of 20 and 51 yards to receiver Eli Wimberley.
Ethan Daniel ran for a 27-yard touchdown and Nick Jackson dashed along the right sidelines for a 53-yard score on a double reverse.
Peyton Doan ran for a 1-yard touchdown on offense and 55 yards with a fumble recovery for a touchdown on defense.
Seth Rocket, who along with Josh Walsh, tackled a Warrior ball carrier in the end zone for a safety, returned a fumble 50 yards for another touchdown.
“They were in the right place at the right time,” Jones said of the two fumble returns for touchdowns.
The Eagles finished with a 260-166 advantage in total yards as the game was called earlier in the fourth quarter due to the 45-point mercy rule. Daniel ran for 31 yards on three carries. Nick Jackson led the Eagle receivers with four catches for 66 yards and Wimberley caught the two TD passes for 71 yards.
Coby Martin led the Warriors with 46 yards rushing on 11 carries and quarterback Tommy Harper was 6-of-8 passing for 42 yards as Lucas Christian dropped to 1-2 for the season. A couple of the Warrior players were out with injuries, including one of their pre-game captains.
Jones, Greenville Christian’s new head coach, said the Eagles are learning his new system.
“They’ve bought in real well and are working hard,” he said. “I’m real proud of them.”
The Eagles’ next game is set for Friday in Ladonia against the Fannindel Falcons, Jones’ former team.
“It’s going to be fun,” he said. “There’s brothers and cousins of the guys that I coached and the head coach (Gabe Lane) coached with me.”