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The defensive line holding the Tigers back with Keandre Foley has the ball and making his way around the pack of Centerville Tigers.
Hearne Eagles keep moving forward
Hearne Eagles vs. Trinity Tigers in Hearne Friday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m.
The Hearne Eagles have one goal in mind for the 2017 season and that is to keep the progress moving forward. If they can continue to do that each week they will find themselves being a playoff team.
The second hurdle in their climb back to respectability will be a home contest against the Trinity Tigers. The Tigers had their game this past week against Teague rescheduled.
They are coming off a 3-7 season in 2016. They return 10 lettermen including 5 starters on each side of the ball. The Tigers will ride their hopes on running back Treyvaun Crawford and receiver Nolan Hodge. Both players have big play potential as does quarterbacks Grisham Vaught and Jace Stout.
Linebacker Marquinn Goddall, tackle Devorriay Anderson and defensive back Kallup Rolling lead the defense. The Tigers are looking to be much improved on the defensive side of the ball thanks to the skills of Goddall.
The Eagles will surely test that defense with their speed in the backfield and at the wide receiver position. Halfbacks KeAndre Foley, Alex Davis, and Damien Dunn have provided the bang to the Eagles running game while receivers Edraeshion Tindle and Quinston Owens have been consistent and reliable targets for new quarterback Jalen Gonzales.
The offensive line has proven capable of opening holes as well as pass protection. Despite their youth the Eagles pose a serious threat to any opponent they face this season.
The Eagles held their own against State ranked Class 4A Centerville before suffering a narrow heart breaking defeat at the hands of the Tigers, 33-28.
The Eagles amassed 325 yards of offense during the game using a balanced attack, (162 rushing, 163 passing). Javon Jefferson led the Eagles in rushing with 87 yards on 2 carries with both resulting in touchdowns. He had plenty of help as AnQuan Boxley had 12 carries for 78 yards, and KeAndre Foley and Damien Dunn also had carries in the game.
Josiah Green completed 9-20 passes for 163 yards and 2 touchdowns. Both scores went to Javaryon Bailey who had 2 catches for 55 yards. Cedrion Golden was the Eagles leading receiver with 4 catches for 79 yards.
The Eagles special teams had three returns of 30 yards or more in the game with Gerald Ross’s 60-yarder being the longest.
Yes the Eagles were more than just respectable; they had opportunities to pull off the upset during the contest. For Coach Sargent it was a tough loss but one that the young Eagles can build upon.
They realize their talent after having played both State ranked Franklin and Centerville to a standstill. Now they just need to keep moving forward with their progress and this will be a very dangerous Eagle team. The coaching staff and the team would like to thank, the fans for their support on a warm Saturday afternoon. Coach Sargent was especially grateful to all the supporters who came to the game that had to be rescheduled from Friday night. Your continued support will be appreciated by all.