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Eagles grounded by Rebels, 47-13

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ORE CITY - Could the polls be right? Well, unfortunately for the Como-Pickton Eagles, Ore City gave proof with a 47-13 final Friday night at Rebel Field.

The Eagles went into this game a 20-point underdog and came out 34 points shy of a victory.

It was not until the second quarter that the Eagles were able to light up the scoreboard. On a first and goal, Eagle sophomore Tanner Brumley made a sliding play across the goal line spurring the visiting fans' cheers. Teammate Angel Mercado was close on the two-point conversion but it just missed. Nevertheless, the spirits fell after witnessing Rebel Cory Maxwell cross into the end zone in the first quarter as well as teammate Shaun Nicholson's point after marked good. The Rebels were able to push their way through more easily with the C-P penalties called.

The first quarter held longer due to an Ore City injured player, linebacker Ben Robinson. Robinson was escorted by ambulance with what looked to be a knee injury. The Rebels continued to persevere tacking on another touchdown by Joey Espy and Nicholson's PAT to make the scoreboard read 14-0.

The Eagles started to gain momentum in the direction of the goal when a pass by Jeff Hendricks was intercepted. Rebel senior Brandon Rodgers made a zigzag jog between C-P defenders looking to score only to be called back by officials for blocking in the back by Ore City.

The game continued to roll in the home team's favor with 11:19 on the second quarter clock Epsy cuts up mid-field to score. Nicholson (four-for-six on PATs) sank it through the uprights. The Eagles sat scoreless to the Rebels' 21 points.

Eagle junior Zach Carpenter made a long carry, which allowed Brumley the opportunity to push the down marker back to one. This play led to his score.

Crowds were again silenced as Epsy ran in a 60-yard touchdown with 6:54 before halftime. Nicholson's point-after fell short. However, Ore City was not ready to end the ground game they had started with Rodgers' short keeper for a touchdown. Rebel Jordan Boyd cleared the extra point for a rally of 34-6 end to first half of play.

The fourth time was a charm for speedster Rebel Epsy as he ran in another goal. Nicholson booted it good for a score 41-6 with 8:47 on third quarter clock. Eagle senior Corey Gibson brought down the punt return.

Hendricks was rotated out of quarterback with Carpenter in his place. Carpenter sent a 60-yard pass that sliced its way through the night air to sophomore Trevor Cagle for a C-P touchdown. Mercado cleared the posts on the point-after to cut the score to 41-13.

The Eagles rode the third quarter spirit. As the Rebels pushed their was back into C-P territory, Eagle senior Joseph Thornhill pulled down an incredible interception in the end zone off a long pass.

This play triggered first downs by C-P senior running back James Carter. Carter moved the ball 40-yards on one run. Only to have a fumble just yards from the goal line send ball possession back to Ore City. The Rebels sewed up the win with a final touchdown by Josh Taylor to set the loss for the Eagles at 47-13.

Rushing for the Eagles was Carter with 11 carries for 105 yards, Brumley had five carries for a gain of 11, Brandt Steele had two for two yards, and Angel Mercado had a single carry to gain a yard to rack up 113 total yards.

Corey Gibson had one 30-yard reception, and Trevor Cagle had a 50-yard reception for C-P. Carter also received for a 16-yard gain to bring in 96 yards on four total team carries. Hendricks completed three for 12 at quarterback with one interception while teammate Carpenter was one for three for the Eagles to tally 209 yards on offense.

The Eagles (1-1) will host Leonard in their final non-district action game next Friday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 at Ron Heflin Field. Leonard (2-0) won 50-0 against Celeste on Friday. C-P will have a bye week on Sept. 18 before traveling to Cooper.

Other District 13-2A results are: Pittsburg over Winnsboro 50-6, Cooper over Whitewright 35-8, Grand Saline lost to Cayuga 46-6, Mineola blanked Quitman 37-0, Caddo Mills 52 to Nevada Community 26, Alba-Golden lost to Big Sandy 21-0, Lone Oak defeated Clarksville 38-0.






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