Evangel won its second district game and fifth game in a row overall as the Eagles dominated the Southwood Cowboys, 51-6 at Rodney Duron Field.
“I’m excited about the victory,’’ Evangel coach Byron Dawson said. “We made some mistakes but I’m so excited. We did some good things. I thought our guys hustled and had great effort.”
Evangel scored for the first time 1:40 into the game on a 2-yard run by running back Jamarquez Mims. Mims finished with 70 yards on 13 carries and scored a second touchdown early in the second quarter.
The Eagles offense made several big plays in the second quarter to extend their halftime lead to 34-0. One big play came with 6:22 left in the quarter when quarterback Connor Curry connected with DJ Anderson on a 46-yard touchdown pass. Several minutes later, Southwood was driving into Evangel territory when junior Orlando Puryear intercepted a Cowboys pass and returned it 94 yards for a touchdown.
Early in the third quarter, Curry threw another long touchdown pass, this time to junior Johnathan Jones from 34 yards out. Curry completed 12 of 20 passes for 179 yards and four touchdowns.
A 22-yard field goal by Seth Green made it 44-0, Evangel after three quarters.
Early in the fourth quarter, Evangel was driving again deep into Southwood terriotory when the Eagles fumbled the ball and Cowboy linebacker Christopher Johnson returned to the Evangel 10-yard line. Several plays later, Southwood quarterback Joshua Mosley ran in from 2 yards out to make it 44-6.
Evangel scored its final touchdown with 5:20 on Curry’s final touchdown pass from 9 yards out to Tanner Ash.
Evangel’s defense was great all night led by its strong defensive line. Dawson had great things to say about his defense after the game.
“Our defense has been great all year long, sometimes they bend but they rarely break,’’ he said. “Hats off to our defensive staff.’’
While Evangel dominated both sides of the ball all game, their only weakness were penalties as the Eagles were flagged 16 times for 135 yards. Dawson said, “Those just come down to concentration and focus. Those are mental things and those are things we have to correct.”
Next week district play continues for both teams as the Eagles travel to Lee Hedges Stadium to take on Captain Shreve and Southwood hosts the Byrd Yellow Jackets.