Eupora falls on the road

For Starkville Daily News

Looking to continue gridiron dominance, the Eupora Eagles traveled west to take on the Winona Tigers to continue district play.

All of the expectations proved too much to handle as the Eagles fell hard by a score of 35-18.

“I just think we lacked intensity (Friday night) and that they came out firing on all cylinders,” Eupora coach Stephen Edwards said. “They were able to bounce back from their first district loss from last week and we’ll see if we can do the same next week.”

In the first quarter, the Tigers struck first as quarterback Jatyler Moore connected with receiver Chris Olton from 19 yards out making it a 7-0 lead with 8:24 left in the opening period. With 2:09 left in the quarter, the Eagles got on the board with the score making it 7-6 with the extra point no good when quarterback Tanner Knight connected to tight end Zack Cooper from 15 yards out. The period ended with Winona clinging to a one-point lead.

In the second quarter, Moore scrambled 8 yards to score and it was 14-6 with Winona leading and 11:51 left in the half. With 4:29 left in the half, running back D.J. Ringo found pay dirt from 6 yards away and the Tigers led 21-6. With 1:09 left in the half, Knight threw a laser to receiver Jalan Potts who scored from 18 yards out for Eupora, but with the two-point conversion no good the score remained 21-12 going to the break.

In the third quarter, Knight found Al Dumas from 28 yards out, but with the two-point attempt no good it remained 21-18 and Winona leading with 8:12 left in the period. With 3:59 left in the third quarter, Moore got to the end zone from 3 yards out and the Tigers led 28-18. With 3 seconds remaining in the quarter, Moore connected with Ringo from 38 yards out and the Tigers extended the lead to 35-18 to close out the third quarter of action.
In the fourth quarter, it didn’t get any better as Knight was sacked on fourth down and the Tigers took over with 10:45 left to play.

“In order to win against Leflore County, we must be more physical to come out on top,” Edwards said.

The Eagles, who fell to 6-2 overall, hosts Leflore County in a Thursday night matchup that will serve as the school's senior night.