EAGLEVILLE—Homecoming was sweet Friday night as Eagleville clinched a playoff spot with a 30-6 win over Huntland.
“You cannot go after the gold ball if you are not in the playoffs,” Eagleville coach Floyd Walker said. “We will probably have to go on the road but anything can happen.”
The Eagles lost their senior leader at quarterback, Marcus Collins, to a broken collarbone earlier in the season, but Jesse Brown has filled in for him and has executed the offense.
One of his favorite targets is Kaden Snitzer, who caught six balls for 105 yards to lead the team in receiving. Brody McElmore had 96 yards rushing on 11 carries and a touchdown and one interception to set up a field goal at the end of the half.
“He is doing a good job executing the offense and has done a good job for us,” Walker said of Brown’s play.
Eagleville took an early lead on a 10-yard run by McElmore and a 34-yard pass from Brown to Snitzer to cap a six-play, 67-yard drive.
Later in the half, Evan Keller threw an interception to McElmore, who had a good return to set up the Eagles in good position.
On the next play, Brown threw a 39-yard pass to Snitzer, but he motioned for a first down and was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.
“I told the official that it was a good call,” Walker said “There is no place for that in the game. We need to clean those things up. We had another long run called back by a holding penalty. We have to get better in that area.”
Luke Chabot had a good night, missing just one extra point on a bad snap, and kicked a 38-yard field goal for a 17-0 halftime lead.
Dylan Pratt added a 4-yard run and in the final period.
Huntland got on the board on a 2-yard run by Keller for its first points in 11 quarters and first in region play.
Donovin Darnell scored on a 2-yard run to close out the scoring as the Eagles moved to 4-3 overall, but more importantly, 3-1 in region play. Eagleville plays at Collinwood Friday.