Eu­pora wins in a shootout

Starkville Daily News - - SPORTS - By ROB­BIE FAULK sports@starkvilledai­

EU­PORA – For a quar­ter, the Eu­pora Ea­gles were well on their way to an impressive blowout win over Le­flore County.

The Ea­gles got that win when it was all said and done, but they had to fight for it. An early 32-6 lead was squan­dered away be­fore Eu­pora set­tled in dur­ing the fourth quar­ter and picked up a big Re­gion 2 vic­tory 46-40.

“I’m just thrilled to death,” Ea­gle head coach Stephen Ed­wards said. “I knew that they had the ath­letes and a quar­ter­back that was ac­cu­rate. They’re go­ing to score some points. You’ve just got to hang on. (Le­flore) isn’t done win­ning.”

Eu­pora put on a light show with its pass­ing of­fense on Thurs-

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It may not have been a pretty win, but the ones that come ugly are just as im­por­tant in the stand­ings.

With a 21-20 vic­tory over Noxa­p­a­ter last week, the French Camp Pan­thers worked their way up into a tie for sec­ond place in the Class A, Re­gion 3 stand­ings.

French Camp has a re­gion record of 3-1, which matches the marks of Noxa­p­a­ter and Var­daman, which the Pan­thers have al­ready beaten. Nanih Waiya sits in first place at 5-0.

Leav­ing Noxa­p­a­ter with a win is some­thing French Camp coach Nathan Wright doesn’t take for granted no mat­ter how it looked at times.

“Any­time you can play the game you love is good enough. but to win, that’s cake and the ic­ing both,” Wright said. “It was a big win for us. Be­ing able to win in that sta­dium is some­thing I haven’t done much of here at French Camp. I’ve been think­ing that I’ve only been able to do it a cou­ple of times since I’ve been here. I don’t think ei­ther team played very well, but we came out on top of it, so that is good.”

The next chal­lenge for the Pan­thers comes tonight at home against Ethel. The 7 p.m. kick­off will be home­com­ing for French Camp.

Wright likes the way the Pan­thers han­dle all of the po­ten­tial dis­trac­tions

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(Sub­mit­ted photo)

The Eu­pora se­nior foot­ball play­ers were rec­og­nized be­fore Thurs­day night’s game.


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