The Hearne Eagles, coming from a bye week play host to the Thorndale Bulldogs this Friday at Woods Field.
The Eagles, listed at 7-0 will face their toughest opposition in the Bulldogs. If the game were decided by statistics, the Eagles are picked as a 7 point favorite in the match-up.
Hearne is boasting impressive offensive numbers for the shortened season. At Quarterback Michah Smith through 7 games has an average QB rating of 109.9 with 72 of 126 for 1179 yards in the air. Not to mention the impressive 13 touchdowns with only 4 interceptions on the season so far.
Smith is also the leading rusher for the Hearne Eagles with 49 carries and 363 yards giving Smith 1,542 yards total and an average of 220.3 yards per game played. Smith is a senior this year.
Against Thrall, Smith put up career numbers going 7 of 23 for 307 yards with 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and a QB rating of 155.3.
He is matched and mirrored by three main targets, Jabari Dunn who has 30 catches for 640 yards, 3 TDs, and averages 91 yards per game.
Jeremiah Gerode is close behind with 22 catches for 258 yards and 2 touchdowns. Keyshawn Langham, who the Thrall Tigers had no answer for last week has 3 touchdowns and 227 yards in just 17 grabs.
The leading rusher behind Smith is the powerhouse Damian Gunnels with 34 carries, 203 yards, and 2 touchdowns. The Eagle running crew have amassed 814 yards total on the ground so far this season and 10 touchdowns.
The Eagles, on the road, held the Thrall Tigers to 0 points and that is largely due to the outstanding play of the Eagles defense which is big, strong, and fast not to mention has the ability to react to the ball carrier and take the proper line.
Anthony Jackson from the defensive line has found the opposing quarterback 6 times and leads the Eagles in that statistic. Jackson also leads the team in solo tackles with 53 and 4 assists.
If that is not enough, the Eagles on special teams have proven to be more than a handful to the opposing teams. Damien Gunnels is averaging 21 yards per kick off return for a total of 126 on the season so far. Michah Smith has 411 return yards including a run of 48 averaging 34.4 yards per return.
Thorndale’s only district loss on the season was to Holland, a game the Hearne Eagles put in the win column by 1 point. While Holland may have been diffcult Thorndale will be looking to keep the district title for themselves and will have to beat this ever tough Eagle team, in Hearne on Friday night.
2A-1 Region III District 12 Football Stat Leaders has Michah Smith as the number 1 player in the district for offensive - passing leader. Thorndale’s Coy Stutts comes in at number 5.
Also ranked number 1, Jabari Dunn, receiving, Michah Smith for total yards, Anthony Jackson for sack leader, Omar Leon for PAT’s, Omar Leon for Kick Scoring, Omar Leon for Kickoffs, and Michah Smith for total return yards.