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Eagles spoil Enterprise homecoming

DAILY LEADER / JONATHON ALFORD / Enterprise quarterback Austin Coleman tries to escape East Marion's tackler Walter Moses to gain some yards Friday night at Harry Cole Field.

DAILY LEADER / JONATHON ALFORD / Enterprise quarterback Austin Coleman tries to escape East Marion’s tackler Walter Moses to gain some yards Friday night at Harry Cole Field.

The East Marion Eagles used their athletic speed to spoil Enterprise’s homecoming by defeating the Yellow Jackets 42-0 Friday night in Region 7-2A football action at Harry Cole Field.

“We did not play aggressive tonight, but it was a good game overall,” said East Marion coach Kevin Jackson. “We still have a lot of things that we need to work on to get better offensively and defensively.”

Junior running Jaylin Akins managed to put the Eagles on the scoreboard in the first quarter with 20-yard touchdown run with 2:24 remaining. Anthony Ingram was unsuccessful on three attempts for the extra points on the night.

In the second quarter, East Marion exploded with a 22-point blast to claim a 28-0 lead before halftime.

Junior quarterback Johnathan Abrams showed off his talents in the second quarter with two touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown. He rushed in a one-yard quarterback sneak with 9:42 remaining. Akins punched in the two-point conversion.

On the Eagles’ next two possessions, Abrams connected with Kristopher Newson on 55-yard pass play to paydirt with 5:17 left and hooked up with Akins for a 25-yard touchdown pass for East Marion’s fourth scoring drive with 1:11 remaining. Jarveon Howard caught the two-point conversion pass from Abrams to end the first half.

In the second half, the Eagles continued to overpower the Jackets as Akins sprinted 51 yards to scored their fifth touchdown in the third quarter with 11:45 remaining. East Marion was successful on the third attempt for the two-point conversion as Abrams passed to Akins.

The Eagles punched in their final touchdown in the fourth quarter as back-up sophomore quarterback Daveeon Jefferson plowed through the line for a one-yard plunge with 6:34 left.

“I was very pleased with my guys’ effort,” said Enterprise coach Brook Burns. “The kids gave 100 percent but got beat by an extremely athletic team. Now we regroup and start working hard to prepare for our next tough challenge this Friday.

“I would also like to thank our fans for coming out and showing support,” continued Burns. “It was a big motivation for the guys, and we are looking forward to that same support next week.”

Offensively, Abrams was the leader for the Eagles, completing five-of-10 passes for 134 yards and one interception. He also had 62 yards rushing on five carries.

Akins directed the ground attack for East Marion with four carries for 95 yards.

Senior running back Jackson Cole paced the Jackets’ offense with 77 yards rushing on 19 carries. Jake Case contributed 21 yards on 10 rushing attempts.

Defensively, Cole directed Enterprise with 12 tackles and one forced fumble. Tristan Cantrell provided five stops and had one interception. Case helped with three tackles and recovered a fumble.

Enterprise (0-6, 0-1) hosts the defending 2A state champions Bassfield in a battle of Yellowjackets. East Marion (6-1, 1-0) returns home to entertain the Loyd Star Hornets Friday night. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.