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Reprinted from the Manchester Enterprise

Eagles only unbeaten
after topping Cats 8-0

Horse Creek improved their winning streak to 30 in a row after an 8-0 win over previously unbeaten Burning Springs last Tuesday.

Quarterback John Vernon Hooker ran in from three yards out for the eventual game winning touchdown with 1:29 left in the first half. Eagle tailback C.J. Miller had reeled off 33 yards on the previous play and appeared ready to score when John Wilson made a touchdown saving tackle. Following Hooker's TD run, Miller ran for the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.

Burning Springs was very impressive early, stopping the Eagles on three downs and forcing a punt. The Bobcats had 11 plays in their first offensive possession that saw them move to the Eagle 11-yard line before a fourth down pass to the end zone fell incomplete. Daniel Sumner had 33 yards rushing on the drive. Zac Kemp had 13 and quarterback John Wilson, eight, as well as a seven yard pass to Sumner. One big defensive play for the Eagles came on first down and 10 from the 18 when Joey Dezarn broke up a pass from Wilson to Sumner.

Horse Creek's scoring drive in the second period took 11 plays and consumed five minutes and 19 seconds. The drive started with fullback Codi Roberts running for nine yards, but the Eagles fumbled on the next play but Miller recovered his own fumble for no gain. On third and one, Hooker gained three yards up the middle for the first down. After a stop at the line on first down, Hooker had runs of three and 16 yards followed by gains from Miller of seven and nine. With 2:50 remaining in the half, Hooker rolled right and hit Roberts with a pass for nine yards to the Bobcat six. Miller then had the big run that set up the games only touchdown.

Dezarn had another big play in the third period recovering a fumble on the Bobcat 38. Both teams threatened in the second half but could not put points on the board. Burning Springs' Wilson reeled off a 35 yard run to get inside the Eagle 25 but the Cats got no closer to the goal line.

"I was impressed with (Bobcat Coach) Bradshaw's team," said Eagle Coach Leighman Messer. "They were well prepared and executed their offensive very well. Their linemen were much bigger than they appeared when I watched them from the bleachers last Saturday," he added.

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