Eagles unable to execute in loss to Soldiers

By: 
DEON BLANCHARD
For Daily Times Leader

Friday night was a complete turnaround of what the Hebron Christian Eagles were able to do from the previous week.

After defeating West Memphis Christian 52-22 on homecoming one week ago, the Eagles suffered a loss by the same score on Friday night to Unity Christian.

Hebron coach David Foster said it was tough to get stops against their tough opponent.

“On defense, we were missing too many assignments on tackling,” Foster said. “Defensively, that’s what hurt us the most. We had way too many missed tackles, and we are going to work to improve on that for next game.”
In the first quarter, the Eagles struggled to execute on offense as they were forced to punt on all three of their possessions. The Soldiers started the game off with a 20-yard run, which put them up 8-0 after the two-point conversion. Unity Christian continued its dominance in the first with a 53-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 10-yard run after shutting down the Eagles on offense back to back. This put the Soldiers up 24-0 at the end of the first.

In the second quarter after the Eagles were forced to punt again, Unity Christian continued to march down the field and were able to score on a 33-yard pass. Things started to pick up for the Eagles after a huge run by Kobee Cooper got them to the 9-yard line, and Braeden Triplett was able to rifle a pass to Jon Garrett Lowe giving the Eagles their first points of the game. This left the score at 30-6 at the half.

At the start of third quarter, Cooper was able to go 83 yards on a punt return for a touchdown, making the score 30-14 after the two-point conversion by Lowe.

Once the Soldiers got the ball back, they marched down the field and Jones was able to score on a 15-yard run to make the score 38-14. After an erred snap by the Eagles was recovered by Unity Christian, it was able to score on an 18-yard run.

In the fourth quarter, the Soldiers continued to dominate in their running game and the Eagles failed to stop it. They were able to score on an 8-yard run, and the two-point conversion. With 1:34 left, the Eagles were able to score on a 58-yard run by Cooper. Triplett added the two-point conversion for the final points of the night.

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