Eagles soar into season

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 25, 2015


In a weather shortened preseason contest Friday night in Pleasant Home, the Eagles knocked off Zion Chapel 13-0.


“I was pleased with the effort,” Eagles’ coach Chris Mason said. “The kids were super excited to play, and they came out fired up and ready to play.”


The Eagles made the most of the shortened contest, piling up 163 yards on the ground.


Reid Adams was the leading rusher for the Eagles as he picked up 98 yards on 10 carries. Adams longest rush of the night was for 24 yards.


“Reid did a good job running the football,” Mason said. “He got us down there and Garrett put it in on a sneak.”


Garrett Barton made the most of his lone carry, when he made his way into the end zone on a 1-yard quarterback keeper.


Barton was also 1-for-3 with 10 yards passing with a touchdown pass to Aaron Warthen.


Robert Scott finished with 28 yards on four carries, and Renz Cedeno had 26 yards on two carries.


The Eagles’ defense kept Zion Chapel off the scoreboard, and held them to 87 yards on 20 carries.


Zion Chapel’s leading rusher was Josh Pence, who finished with 56 yards on four carries.


“Defensively, Josh Ruth was our leading tackler,” Mason said. “He and Warthen made some big tackles in the backfield.”


Pleasant Home will open up the 2015 regular season this Friday when the go on the road to New Brockton.


“We made some mistakes out there,” Mason said. “They were all fixable mistakes, though. The kids gave a great effort on a sloppy and rainy night. You always worry about turnovers going into those kinds of conditions, but we didn’t put the ball on the ground once. Overall, I was pleased with our effort.”