Eagles pick up first win

Published 1:41 am Saturday, September 26, 2009

Tyler Barbaree ran for 135 yards and three touchdowns to help lead Pleasant Home to their first win of the season on a 28-6 thrashing of Coffeeville at Eagle Field Friday night. The Eagles used a ferocious defense to smother the Panthers, allowing only 54 total yards and one touchdown that came with only 40 seconds left in the contest.

Pleasant Home raced out to a comfortable 22-0 lead at halftime and cruised in the second half to improve their record to 1-4.

Pleasant Home coach Robert Bradford was not satisfied with his team’s performance but praised the overall effort.

“We started kind of flat but made some big plays right before the half that got us going,” Bradford said. “I thought the pass to (Josh) Godwin was a great play on both ends and it was nice to see that because we have had close ones on that play all year.

“Of course, it is easy to see that Tyler (Barabree) had a great game,” he said. “He was all over the place on defense and our offensive line moved some people around for him to make some good runs.”

Pleasant Home’s defense set up its first score when Barbaree forced a fumble with a hard rush from his defensive end position to give the Eagles the ball at the Coffeeville 9-yard line.

Two plays later, Barbaree ran off the left tackle behind Will Ballard for a 5-yard touchdown to make the score 6-0 with 3:58 left in the second quarter.

The Eagles’ extra point attempt failed. The offense got going again when Cory Sims intercepted a Panther pass at the Eagles 35-yard line.

Then, Barbaree and his offensive line went to work again.

This time the senior hit the end zone from 12 yards out to make the score 12-0 with 1:20 left in the half.

C.D. Giddens recovered the ensuing onside kick to give the Pleasant Home offense the ball with 40 seconds left in the first half.

Ethan King hit Josh Godwin on a beautiful fade route in the right corner with two seconds remaining to increase his team’s lead to 22-0 at the half.

In the second half, Pleasant Home’s defense continued to dominate, holding the Panthers to negative yardage in the third quarter.

The Eagle offense put together an 83-yard drive to open the fourth quarter, culminating in a 4-yard touchdown run from Barbaree with 10:04 left in the game to run the score to 28-0.

Coffeeville’s Dexter Williams’ 70-yard touchdown run with 40 seconds left was the Panthers’ only touchdown of the night to make the final score 28-6.

Pleasant Home had 270 yards total offense with only one turnover. Ethan King threw for 95 yards, completing nine passes in 16 attempts. Hunter Weaver had two catches for 56 yards and Josh Godwin had one reception for a touchdown.

The Panthers mustered only 29 yards passing and 25 yards rushing for a total of 54 yards.

The Eagles play at home next Friday against the Brantley Bulldogs. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.