Eagles use ground game to beat Knights

For Daily Times Leader

PHEBA – The Hebron Christian Eagles soared on Friday night and used a powerful running game to do it.

The Eagles won 52-22 over the West Memphis Christian Black Knights as they were able to make big plays offensively with their running game and also defensively.

Hebron Christian coach Davis Foster praised running back Kobee Cooper after the game.

“They couldn’t stop our outside running game,” Foster said. “Kobee got after it – everyone loves him. He’s faster than you may think he is, and he is so quick whenever he takes off with the ball in his hands. He had a couple of big runs for us tonight.”

The Eagles got their first points in the first quarter from a 70-yard run by junior Bradley Scott, and Braeden Triplett was able to run the ball in for the two-point conversion putting them up 8-0.

After Hebron locked down the Black Knights on defense, Triplett was able to return the punt 36 yards for a touchdown. This put the Eagles up 16-0 after the two-point conversion run by Cooper. The Eagles were able to score again before the first quarter ended as Triplett had an 11-yard run which put them up 24-0.

In the second quarter, the Knights scored their first points on a 2-yard run by Winston Pirtle. The Eagles retaliated with a 35-yard touchdown run by Cooper, putting them up 30-6. After another defensive shut out by the Eagles, they were able to score again off a 25-yard run by Cooper. On second down for the Knights, the Eagles were able to strip the ball away from them and the fumble was recovered and returned 57 yards by Scott. The Knights was able to score on a 20-yard run before halftime, making the score 44-14.

The third quarter was a real defensive battle as no team was able to score, but things picked up in the final period. The Knights scored on a 3-yard run by Tyler Casper, and the two point conversion by Pirtle was good. The Eagles came right back at them with a 54-yard touchdown run by Dylan Dupont, and the two-point conversion by Jon Garrett Lowe was good for the final points.