CAMPBELL — The Valley Christian Eagles capitalized on a number of large performs as they knocked off the Columbiana Clippers 35-20 in a key Japanese Ohio Athletic Convention tilt Saturday evening.
The victory improves the Eagles to 5-1 on the season, 3-0 within the EOAC. The Clippers drop to 1-6 general, 0-4 within the league.
Maybe the most important play of the evening for the Eagles occurred initially of the second half. With the Eagles main 14-6, however the Clippers displaying some life on the finish of the primary half, the Eagle protection compelled the Clippers to punt on their opening possession of the third quarter.
Jon’Trell Mixon rushed in and blocked the Clippers Mike Seeger’s punt. The Eagles Camden Cecil-Cox scooped up the ball and raced 23 yards for a landing and a three-possession lead at 21-6.
“That was the distinction,” Eagles coach Andy Hake mentioned. “It was 14-6 and the sport might have gone both method. Jon’Trell Mixon is a particular, and he blocked that. He made a number of nice performs within the recreation.”
“That gave us a lift of vitality,” Eagles senior receiver VeShun Gurley added.
“It was a killer,” Clippers coach Bob Spaite exclaimed. “We talked all week that now we have to be probably the most disciplined crew. We couldn’t make essential errors. And I’m the particular groups coach, in order that’s on me. We’ll repair that.”
However the Clippers responded with a formidable drive as they scored on a 27-yard move from quarterback Anthony Kocanjer to Eddie Clancy simply three minutes later. That closed the deficit to 21-14.
The Eagles answered proper again with a 10-play drive with Cameron Davenport tossing a soar ball to receiver VeShun Gurley within the nook of the tip zone. Gurley outjumped the Clippers’ defender to safe a landing and a 28-14 lead with two minutes remaining within the third quarter.
“I used to be simply going to attempt my hardest to catch it,” Gurley mentioned of the catch. “I’m blessed to have the ability to soar as excessive as I do. It was an incredible throw by the quarterback. He doesn’t even play quarterback.”
The Clippers and Eagles would commerce touchdowns within the fourth quarter with the Eagles Gurly as soon as once more scoring, this time on a 24-yard move to stake the Eagles to a 35-14 lead, earlier than the Clippers closed the scoring with a 31-yard move from Kocanjer to Trevor Dearing with 8:04 remaining within the recreation.
“We had some probabilities, and the children performed arduous. Hats off to Coach Hake. They undoubtedly out-athlete us in a few areas. General, I used to be not upset in the way in which we performed,” Spaite remarked.
The Clippers will attempt to bounce again subsequent Friday after they journey to East Palestine. The Eagles will host the league-leading Southern Indians subsequent Saturday evening in Campbell.