No. 8 Howe (7-3) welcomed No. 2 Eastern Hancock (10-0) Friday night as the Class 2A teams battled in a Sectional 38 semifinal. The Royals scored early in the first quarter and then fell apart from there. Howe would end the game on top, 34-13.
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“It feels good to beat a 10-0 team in our house,” said senior cornerback Tyrell Phelps. “We just want to be great and work harder and harder each week.”
Prior to the game, Howe head coach Craig Chambers reminded his team to keep working hard through the whole contest.
“We’ve been together for awhile,” he said. “These kids believe in me and they believe in themselves and we knew we’d have a great game.”
The undefeated Royals struggled all night against the Hornets’ defense. The running game was strong for the Royals as was the passing game. Quarterback Jarett Lewis was 8-for-15 passing. Yet it wasn’t enough for a win.
Howe answered after the Royals took an early lead in the first quarter with a touchdown of their own. Although the Hornets could not convert on the extra point, they would not let that slow them down. Their defense would give up just one more touchdown before scoring 14 unanswered points in the first half. The game would go into halftime with Howe leading, 20-13.
Eastern Hancock failed to convert on first downs in the second half and their defense could not stop Howe’s running game. Phelps could not be stopped, racking up 102 rushing yards for Howe on the ground. The Royals couldn’t bounce back.
“He’s a phenomenal back,” Chambers said. “On the year, he has 22 touchdowns and he’s just a phenomenal, hard working guy”
Howe advances to the sectional finals and will take on Triton Central at Triton Central next week.