Eagles fall to Longhorns as 2018 season comes to a close 

DTL Editor

The Hebron Christian School Eagles (1-9) faced arguably the toughest opponent on its schedule Friday night and failed to make it on the scoreboard in a 41-0 home loss to the undefeated Manchester Academy Longhorns (9-0). 

Hebron coach David Foster said his team struggled with turnovers on the offensive side of the ball and surrendered all 41 points in the first half. However, Foster said his young team, once matched up against the Longhorns’ second team, fared better against competition that was closer in age. 

One of the high points for the Eagles’ defense came on a fourth down stop late in the game, which Foster said underscored the team’s mentality of refusing to give up. 

“We didn’t beat ourselves, they are a good football team and beat us,” Foster said. “It was a pretty rough night, we were outmanned really bad. I had two guys out with concussions, so we were a little shorthanded.”

While offensive yardage was scarce for the Eagles, several players racked up stats in the last game of the season. 

Sophomore Elijah Parrish led the way with 11 tackles, while sophomore Doug Loden finished with 10 tackles and an interception. Sophomore Braden Triplett also finished with three tackles and an interception. 

“They kept fighting and we hustled to the ball,” Foster said. “Defense was probably the high point of our game, once we got the younger guys closer to our age, we competed with them.” 

While Foster said his squad was outmanned both in experience and numbers throughout the 2018 season, he expressed his optimism that the younger players will grow into competitors. 

“We didn’t go backwards,” Foster said, referring to the Eagles’ lone win against North Sunflower Academy. “Near the second part of the season it seemed like we stayed more consistent. We just have to get bigger, stronger and quicker.”