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EAGLES COME FROM BEHIND, OVERCOME MISCUES TO DOWN PIRATES 44-40...


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Friday October 13, 2017

Eagles come from behind, overcome miscues to down Pirates 44-40…….

It was statistically a runaway by Allen on Friday afternoon at Emerson-Hubbard, but miscues kept the Pirates in a position to win, until the Eagles exploded late for a thrilling 44-40 win.  The Eagles rolled up 502 yards of offense to the Pirates 219, but the miscues by the Eagles kept this one close.

 

Emerson-Hubbard scored on their first drive of the game on a 15 yard run to go up 8-0.  Allen responded on the first play following the kickoff, when Blake McCorkindale raced 63 yards to pay dirt.  The PAT failed, and E-H led 8-6.  E-H scored once more in the period on a 3 yard run to lead 14-6 at the end of one period.

 

The Eagle running game was golden most of the day.  Kyle Smith pulled the Eagles to 14-12 on a 53 yard jaunt early in the second period.  E-H responded late in the period on 4 yard run to go up 20-12.  Allen scored within one minute on a 65 yard run by Smith and then Smith hit Devin Twohig on the PAT to tie the game going into halftime.

 

E-H gained momentum on a “pick six” by Blake Erickson midway into the third period to go up 26-20, and the Pirate defense recovered an Eagle fumble on the ensuing offensive play at the Eagle nine yard line to set the Pirates up to go ahead 32-20 late in the third period.

 

Then, the Eagles regrouped and put together a quarter of some outstanding football.  They immediately responded in two plays to cut the lead to 32-26 entering the fourth period.  The defensive shut the Pirates out offensively, while scoring on a 36 yard pass from Smith to Twohig and a Blake McCorkindale 19 yard run within one and a half minutes to take a 38-32 lead.

 

The Eagles held the Pirates on the ensuing possession with under 5 minutes to go forcing a punt.  The Eagles appeared in control, but a holding penalty took away a first down and the Pirates blocked an Eagle punt for a touchdown, and added a PAT pass to regain the lead 40-38 with 4:33 left in the game.

 

Allen responded in two plays covering 56 yards, to take the lead 44-40 with 4:11 left.  Blake McCorkindale ran 19 yards to pay dirt.

 

A fourth down open field tackle by Isaac Verzani on the following possession by the Pirates gave the Eagles the win, as Allen ran out the clock deep in Pirate territory.

 

Offensively, the Eagles ran for 455 yards on 50 carries.  Kyle Smith carried 31 times for 246 yards and three touchdowns and Blake McCorkindale added 208 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns.  Devin Twohig had the two receptions of the day, one a 36 yard touchdown catch to tie the game in the fourth period.

 

Defensively, the troops tackled well late in the game.  Jacob Williams and Isaac Verzani each had 13, Blake McCorkindale added 11. 

 

The win moves the Eagles to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in district play.  The Eagles close out the regular season at home on Thursday, October 19th, against 4-3 Wausa.  Game time in 7:00 p.m.

 

Click the link below for game Stats:

Var Football vs EH Stats

 

 

COACHES COMMENTS:

“We just about did it again.  We make critical errors, they capitalize, and we cannot recover.  Today, we managed to survive some real errors.  The resolve the team played with the final quarter was amazing.  They could have folded, but chose to hang in there and played like we think we should all the time.  It was a great atmosphere to be around late in the game.  Our final game is very important to where we land in the playoff seeding, so we need to eliminate errors and take care of business again.”

 

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