WINNSBORO — Friday marked Richard Winn’s homecoming festivities, and the Eagles delivered a performance worth celebration.
On the game’s first possession, the Eagles forced a turnover on downs, after stuffing the Clarendon Hall Saints on fourth and 1.
Richard Winn parlayed the turnover on downs into a 44-yard rushing touchdown from John Coleman. The Eagles, yet again, dominated on the ground, behind some solid offensive line play.
“We don’t have the biggest offensive line so we just try to get bodies on bodies and move them around a little bit and give our backs little crevices and running lanes to get through, but they did a great job,” Head Coach Dan Dickerson said.
The Eagles’ defense kept up its momentum on the next drive, stripping the ball once and forcing a punt. Webb Yongue, senior receiver, scored on a 37-yard rush, to capitalize on the defensive stop.
Clarendon Hall could not scrounge together anything that resembled an offense, finding themselves in an early 15-0 hole.
“I thought we did a real good job getting a lot of people around the football and shutting down what they wanted to do, and anytime you can take away what somebody wants to do and force them to do another thing, then you know you’re going to be alright,” Dickerson said.
Nic Stillwell made his impression on the Saints, getting to the ball carrier 10 times. Bryant Carvalho, Christianson and Amick collected six tackles each.
“On the outside when they were running wide he was there, and then when we would go to our four-man front he wound up as the Mike linebacker and did a great job just being a two gap player and getting to the football,” Dickerson said of Stillwell’s performance
After the two quick Eagle scores, Clarendon Hall turned the ball over on downs. The Eagles converted this turnover on downs into another touchdown on a 43-yard Yongue rush.
“They were obviously trying to keep drives alive and didn’t want to give us the ball back. I was very proud of our defense for stopping them and several times put us in good field position,” Dickerson said.
The Eagles forced two more turnovers on downs in the first half, and scored three more times to go into the half with a 46-0 lead.
During halftime, the Eagles homecoming court was presented with the young ladies being escorted by their fathers. Grace Wilder took home the Miss Sweetheart title, while Megan Simpson was crowned Homecoming Queen.
Webb Yongue opened the second half with another rushing touchdown, this one coming from 65 yards away, to make the score 52-0, and ended the night for the Eagles starters.
The only Clarendon Hall score came on safety from a bobbled snap, giving a final score of 52-2.
Bryant Carvalho had two receptions for 111 yards and two touchdowns
Gunnar Hensley was 3 of 5 passing for 126 yards and two touchdowns. He had four rushes for 22 yards.
Webb Yongue had five rushes for 219 yards and four touchdowns.
Timothy Wooten is a mass communications major at Winthrop University. He is from Winnsboro.