|Eagles dominate Ouachita by 48-7|
It's all good at Evangel once again as the Eagles rebounded from a season-opening loss to totally dominate a Ouachita Lion squad from Monroe by a score of 48-7, Friday night at Rodney Duron Field in front of approximately 5,500 fans.
Never before has Evangel run a more balanced offensive attack, as the home crew piled up 285 yards passing and 175 yards on the ground en route to the non-district victory.
Jacob Hester carried the ball 13 times for 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Detrick James added another 59 yards with 11 carries and backup quarterback Jared Jennings had a carry for 17 yards. Freshman Ramon Broadway had 11, Aaron Savoie added the same and Justin Poole had 10 yards--all of these guys doing it on the ground.
The Evangel defense played near-flawless football limiting the Lions to 154 total yards on the ground and a dismal 36 through the air. Freshman Dan Kreamer, playing for injured Josh Barron, picked off a pair of Lion passes and recovered a fumble to earn the United Auto Dodge Defensive Player of the Game Award.
Hester picked up the offensive player of the game award for his efforts. Two years ago, as a freshman, Hester led the team in tackles playing on defense.
Following a scoreless first period Hester got the Eagles on the board first with 9:50 to go in the second quarter when he bulled his way in from a yard out. Jennings added the PAT for the 7-0 lead.
With 5:11 to go in the first half, junior wide receiver Connor Campbell was spotted all alone in the back of the endzone by quarterback John David Booty for a 39-yard score. Jennings added his second PAT to give the Eagles a 14-0 lead.
Booty then hit Denny Rodney Duron inside the 10 which led to a quarterback sneak for the score by the Evangel signal caller. Again, Jennings was good on his extra point kick.
Ouachita got on the board when a Lion running back fumbled the ball and Roderick Handy scooped the ball up at the two and ran it in for the only Lion touchdown for the night. Following the extra point, it was all over for the Lions.
Hester scored again from three yards out, Denny Rodney Duron caught a Booty pass from 10 yards out for a score and Zach Schreiber tackled a Lion running back in the endzone for a safety in the third quarter. Campbell was hit again with a 31-yard missle from Booty for the last score in the third stanza.
Many of the younger Evangel players got in the game after the mid-point of the final quarter with Jennings taking over as quarterback. Jennings hit Savoie on a middle screen and the shifty running back scooted his way through Lion defenders for a 51-yard scoring pass.
Evangel will now put all its attention on the Byrnes Rebels from Duncan, SC. The Rebs will make the 12-hour drive to Shreveport next Friday night for the inter-state contest which is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff.