EUPORA – Last season the Eupora Eagles had a rough ride home from Hamilton.
On Friday night, they made it a difficult ride for the Lions back to Hamilton.
The Eagles (7-1, 2-0) got revenge on the Lions (3-5, 1-1) with a 55-15 victory at Wafford Field on homecoming in a Class 2A, Region 2, District 4.
"When we left there last year, I told the kids on the way home 'it's a long ride,'" Eupora head coach Junior Graham said. "I did a poor job as a head coach calling plays. I took most of the blame for that loss."
Sophomore quarterback Trey Pittman and the offense set the tone early.
Pittman hooked up with Derrick Jones on a 29-yard passing touchdown with 9:35 to go in the first quarter to make it 6-0. Justin Lewis added the extra point and the Eagles took a 7-0 lead and never looked back.
"We know our strengths and weaknesses and we are going to go with what works," Pittman said. "(Friday) the passing was working. My receivers made plays for me and that's all I can ask of them."
Pittman found Jamall Roby for a 29-yard passing score to make it 13-0 with 4:42 to go in the game.
"We executed well from the line to the routes," Pittman said. "We did everything well that we were taught all week. We were ready to play them."
Savon Daughtery ended the first quarter with a 4-yard rushing touchdown to make it 20-0 heading to the second quarter.
Graham was pleased with the entire offense.
"We really executed well from the offensive line to our backs running hard," Graham said. "(Pittman) played really well, especially in the first half. Receivers made a couple of tough catches. We played offensively like we anticipated all year."
Pittman got his third passing touchdown of the night when he found Roby again. This time for a 15-yard score.
"(Pittman) showed a lot of poise," Graham said. "He checked out of a couple of plays. He threw the ball well early. We went into the ballgame thinking if we had to throw, we had a good scheme. He executed well all week in practice."
Pittman has a lot of targets to throw to, but wants to do his part to help in the success of the Eagles.
"I hope I can take that leadership role a little farther," Pittman said. "Hopefully, I can take this team as far as we can go and maybe get to the big one."
Defensively, the Eagles didn't allow the Lions much breathing room. Hamilton only picked up eight first downs and had four turnovers versus Eupora's one.
Jones had an interception, while Javoris Draine, Rusty Johnson and Roby each had a fumble recovery.
"We brought pressure a little bit better (Friday)," Graham said. "Our defense is getting better."
Hamilton managed to put some points on the board when quarterback Seth Dement found Cole Richardson for a 54-yard passing touchdown.
The Eagles took a comfortable 34-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Eupora put the ball on the ground in the second half and got touchdowns from Victor Goldman, Lamontae Salley and Daughtery.
The Eagles are back at home next week when rival Ackerman comes calling. The winner will be in the driver's seat as far as the district race is concerned.
"Going in, I thought (Ackerman) was the team to beat because they are so big and physical across their defensive front," Graham said. "We expect one heck of a game."