Eagles win nail-biter over Kinston

Published 12:08 am Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Pleasant Home Eagles pulled off a last second touchdown to defeat Class 1A, Region 2 opponent Kinston 20-14 Friday night in Pleasant Home to give the Eagles a three-game win streak.

Eagles’ quarterback Robert Scott scored from 10 yards out to put the Eagles on top with 8 seconds left on the clock.

“Robert snapped the ball with 20 seconds left on the clock,” Pleasant Home head coach Mason said. “He ran off the right edge and somehow found a way to go 10 yards for the touchdown.”

Mason said that Kinston came in with a good game plan.

“We were a little out of rhythm for most of the night,” Mason said. “They (Kinston) did exactly what they wanted to, and that was to hold on the football. They had some long drives and kept the ball away from us.”

Kinston scored first in the contest after a Pleasant Home punt went negative 11 yards and set the Bulldogs up on the Eagle 1-yard line.

The Bulldogs punched it in on the next play and added a two-point conversion to go up 8-0.

Pleasant Home struck back at the end of the first quarter when Scott connected with Josh Ruth for a 55-yard score. The Eagles missed the two-point conversion and trailed 8-6.

The game went back-and-forth in the second quarter before the Eagles scored as time expired in the first half.

Scott hit Nic Wood on a 25-yard touchdown, and the Eagles tacked on the two-point conversion to take a 14-8 lead heading into halftime.

“The third quarter it just kind of went back-and-forth again,” Mason said. “Neither team could really get anything going.”

The score remained 14-8 until Kinston returned a punt for a touchdown with two minutes left in the game. The Eagles stopped the two-point attempt and the game was tied 20-20.

Scott gave the Eagles the win as he rushed in from 10 yards out as the clock inched toward zero in fourth.

“It was awesome,” Mason said. “I was super proud of the way that we overcame adversity and found ways to get into the end zone. We just never gave up. Twice we scored as time was running out. Those kinds of two-minutes drives aren’t something that we have been known for. I’m very proud of these guys and this was a huge win for a our program.”