EAGLEVILLE — Eagleville secured its first win of the season and much-needed confidence with a 51-0 home shutout of Pickett County Friday night.
“We could easily have two, three wins if we had a few plays go our way in the first weeks but I like to see our kids stay together and play for one another,” Eagleville coach Floyd Walker said. “We are getting better and playing for one another. All I can ask is our kids show up and play to the best of their ability every night.”
Eagleville could do no wrong in the first half, scoring 38 unanswered points. The first three scores came from under center as quarterback Marcus Collins scored a pair of rushing touchdowns from 30-plus yards and completed a 56-yard touchdown pass to wideout Kaden Snitzer.
“It feels good to finally win a game and play to a level we know we are capable of,” Collins said. “We thought our offense could have played better (in last week's 19-7 loss to Forrest) but every week we continue to get better.”
Collins scored his fourth and final touchdown on the opening possession of the second half, going 83 yards on the ground. Collins contributed over 200 yards of offense in just five drives.
Backup quarterback Jesse Brown received quality playing time, throwing his first touchdown pass to Dylan Pratt — a 37 yard completion midway through the second quarter. Brown threw for 60 yards in relief work. Junior tailback Eric Johnson scored a 9-yard touchdown to conclude the first half scoring barrage.
“It is fun to see Jesse (Brown) get snaps, see Brody (McLemore) and other young guys get an opportunity to play,” Collins said.
Freshman Brody McLemore and sophomore Payton Bullock contributed second-half rushing touchdowns to cap off a near perfect offensive showing.
“We had plenty of freshman playing in the second half, and I love that they go out there and play to keep a shutout on the board,” Walker said.
Eagleville shared a special moment with kicker Alex Adams, a sophomore with a tough upbringing but a greater personality to overcome his circumstances. He converted a late game PAT.
“(Adams’) story is incredible and for him to come so far, be embraced by a football team and community reminds me as a coach what it is all about,” Walker said.
Eagleville’s defense pitched their first shutout since a 35-0 win over Summertown in October, 2017. Damian Stingley led the stifling defense with four tackles for loss, including a sack.