Eagles run past Bears

Published 11:35 pm Friday, August 31, 2018

WOODVILLE — It was tough sledding for the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Battlin’ Bears Friday night as they went on the road and fell to the Woodville Eagles 40-8 in non-district action at Eagles Stadium.

The Bears (0-1) simply could not muster any offense and could not slow down a vaunted running attack by the Eagles (1-0).

The Eagles amassed 523 total yards, all coming on the ground off 46 rushing attempts.

Meanwhile, the Bears were held to a minus 11 total yards as the Eagles stymied the Bears every which way.

The Eagles led 7-0 after the first quarter but piled up 20 points in the second period to lead comfortably 27-0 at intermission.

Woodville extended the cushion to 34-0 by the end of the third quarter and eventually led 40-0 in the fourth.

The Bears’ lone touchdown came early in the fourth quarter when return man Darien Wlliams returned a kickoff 77 yards for a score with 9:37 remaining.

LC-M quarterback Ethan McCollum ran in the two-point conversion to make it 40-8. A Eagle player received a bad injury on the play and the game was called over at that point as authorities and school officials cleared the stadium.

The Eagles returned two 1,000-yard backs from a 9-2 area finalist from a year ago and it showed.

Zack Martin, who rushed for 1,411 yards and 18 TDs a season ago, picked up where he left off Friday night. He only carried eight times but he went for 162 yards and three touchdowns.

Da’Michael Brooks, who had 1,007 yards and 12 TDs last season, zipped for 149 yards and a TD on just 12 carries.

JaQualan George had 87 yards and a TD on 10 carries for the Eagles while Keon Chatman zipped for 62 yards on five totes and Jaylyn Hyder had 50 yards on three carries.

The Eagles held LC-M junior quarterback McCollum in check. McCollum, the Orange Leader Newcomer of the Year last season, was just 2-of-12 passing for 12 yards and had minus 27 yards on the ground on nine carries. Backup quarterback Adam Pope was 0-for-1 passing and had five carries for a minus five yards.

Running back Landon Bearden was the Bears’ top gainer, finishing with 14 yards on five carries.

The Bears will look to bounce back at home next week when they play host to the West Orange-Stark Mustangs in the Orange Bowl.