EAGLEVILLE — Marcus Collins accounted for five touchdowns on Friday night and Eagleville continued its dominance over Community with a 40-8 home region victory.
“Everybody left us for dead (after starting 0-3) but it is a testament to our kids’ character to show up and fight for another win,” Eagles coach Floyd Walker said.
Collins, and junior quarterback, contributed 253 yards of total offense with a career high five touchdowns and an interception on defense.
“(Collins) does a great job all week in practice and comes out every Friday and executes,” ssophomore wide receiver Kaden Snitzer said of his QB.
Snitzer was Collins’ favorite target, scoring three second-quarter touchdowns to open a 21-0 lead at halftime. Snitzer finished with 106 receiving yards on six catches.
“Our offense executed well and the line did a good job giving (Collins) time in the pocket,” Snitzer said. “We are carrying a lot of momentum (after scoring 91 points in two games) but we practice to get better and keep going.”
Collins scored twice more in the second half before backup QB Jesse Brown found pay dirt with a 40-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. Eagleville put together its best rushing performance thus far by totaling 252 yards on the ground.
Community broke the shutout with an 85-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Prior to the long run, Eagleville held the Vikings to 77 yards of offense and three first downs.
“(Our defense) has bought in and is playing well as a group,” Walker said. “When you play for one another you can always depend on each other to be where they are supposed to be.”
Team captain and middle linebacker Wyatt McLemore made a return to the defensive lineup after being hampered by early-season injuries.
“(McLemore) is the bell cow for our defense and it is always nice to have him leave a game healthy,” Walker said. “We are going to celebrate this one before moving on to what we anticipate being a great night and atmosphere against a good Moore County (4-1) football team.”