Eu­pora looks to bounce back against Le­flore County

Starkville Daily News - - SPORTS - By ROB­BIE FAULK sports@starkvilledai­lynews.com

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For the first time this sea­son, Eu­pora had a real let down last Fri­day night when they trav­eled to Wi­nona.

The Ea­gles (6-2, 1-1 Class 2A, Re­gion 4) were com­ing off a win over East Web­ster in the an­nual Ma­roon Bowl at home and had also earned big wins over Class 3A teams Choctaw County and Charleston. Their one loss for the year had come against New­ton in a hard-fought 24-19 bat­tle against one of the state’s top teams in the North.

With a solid first seven games un­der their belt, the eighth game was quite dis­ap­point­ing as Wi­nona took home a 3518 win last week.

“We played a lot of big games be­fore that and you hadn’t beat East Web­ster in a cou­ple of years and then you won that,” Eu­pora coach Stephen Ed­wards said. “You let your guard down. Tip your hat to coach (Joey) Thomp­kins and (Wi­nona) they had a good game plan.

“We play in a tal­ented di­vi­sion. If you let your guard down, you’re going to lose.”

As dis­ap­pointed as Ed­wards was in the flat per­for­mance, his play­ers were as well. Quar­ter­back Tan­ner Knight has been a spark for the team at quar­ter­back this year as he came back healthy after break­ing his col­lar­bone a year ago.

Knight has thrown for 1,114 yards this year with 14 touch­downs and six in­ter­cep­tions and it’s opened up the of­fense for the team’s run­ning at­tack led by Ed­win Her­ard

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