I spent Friday night with a team that has had an unbeaten regular season recently and has been in the playoffs four years in a row.
I went to the Eagleville game, but you knew that already, right?
I’m not really sure that Eagleville is much of a secret anymore. They have been in the state’s Top 10 before and are there again this year.
The crowds are huge and the support has been growing yearly. They just celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their first team, which was coached by Stewarts Creek High School’s present line coach Jason Scharsch.
Head coach Steve Carson is 37-27 at Eagleville, 5-1 so far in 2013. And he is likely headed for more playoff action this November.
As good as they are on the field, their greatest strength may be the experienced coaching staff of Kent Pippenger, Billy Spann, Floyd Walker, Alex Roberts and Tom Fiveash.
The Eagles are prepared on offense and are aggressive on defense, even though only three starters from the 2012 season returned. The eight new starters really have meshed nicely. They also are solid in the kicking game behind the foot of Luke Duross.
On offense, the Eagles pass about 20 percent of the time and complete about 50 percent of them. The rest of the offense is a very effective running game.
The combination has been very successful. Quarterback Ryan Jernigan is rock solid and can hand the ball off to Chris Hale, who has more than 3,300 career yards and 15 touchdowns this season, and Thomas Carter, who averages nearly 6 yards a carry. Jernigan is also a very good runner when necessary from his QB spot.
With the receivers, including Maison Vallance, who also plays good defense, leading the way, the Eagles are making great progress after the heavy graduation losses.
It is possible, however, that the best thing about the Eagles is their defense. They arrive at the ball in numbers and are giving up only 12 points a game.
Alex Ware, James Merritt and Isaac Henry are three standout defensive players and there are others.
So far this season, the Eagles have one loss, by 3 points to Jo Byrns, and have beaten Mount Pleasant, Watertown, Huntland and Forrest. Win No. 5 came Friday with a 49-20 Talon Field homecoming victory over Grace Baptist.
The Friday victory over Grace Baptist was no contest and the Eagles substituted often after the half.
The Eagles scored on their first play with a 49-yard touchdown pass from Jernigan to Vallance, and with the extra point from Duross, the rout was on.
The halftime lead of 35-7 says it all.
Chris Hale had more than 180 yards rushing and four touchdowns by halftime and closed out the scoring just before the break, with a 60-yard touchdown run. He also had a kickoff return for a TD in the second half.
The Eagles move to 5-1 and head to Fayetteville City for a big showdown battle this weekend.
The best games are Eagleville at Fayetteville City and Siegel at Smyrna.
My picks next week will be in Thursday’s print edition of The Murfreesboro Post. I was 8-1 this past week and stand at 35-10 for the year.