UNIONVILLE — Eagleville left no doubt in who controls the Battle for Highway 41 with a 46-8 road victory over the Community Vikings Friday night.
“I thought we did a great job of getting off to a fast start and taking care of business on the road,” Eagleville coach Floyd Walker said. “We like to run the ball but our approach was to establish ourselves early and get all our athletes the ball.”
One of the primary athletes featured in the win was sophomore quarterback Marcus Collins, who completed 10 of 13 for 292 yards with six carries for 25 yards and six total touchdowns. Collins featured four consecutive scores before halftime for a 27-0 lead.
“I prepared as I would any other game by working on the little things all week,” Collins said. “I have so much confidence (in my receivers). Every ball I throw downfield I know that I have the teammates that will come down with it.”
Collins' primary receiver, Payton Lane, made a name for himself a week ago with a four-TD, 185-yard performance against Pickett County. He held the spotlight with a five receptions for 228 yards and two more scores.
“If I had a team of Payton Lane’s we would be a tough team to beat,” Walker said of the junior two-way player. “I am so happy for the success he is having because he deserves it for all the work he puts in every day.”
Trevor Griffin matched his previous record of three interceptions in a game a season ago against the Vikings. Griffin surpassed the school record for interceptions in a career with 14.
“It feels great to be a part of history,” Griffin says. “(Community) just plays to my advantage. I look for the deep pass downfield in throwing situations and always get after it.
“I just play the game the way I know and that’s as hard as I can. I just hope younger players and kids in the community see that and want to play just as hard.”
Griffin led a defense that held the Vikings to 110 yards of offense. Minus a 59-yard touchdown in the final minutes, the Eagles allowed just one yard offense in the second half.
Damien Stingley had a team-high four tackles for loss with a sack and Wyatt McLemore gathered a team-high eight tackles.
Reserves Andy Jones and Kenny Goodman connected for a 35-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to account for the seventh and final Eagle touchdown.