Eagles Shake Off Two Losses for the Home Opener against the Scotts Hill Lions

By: Noah Buttrey

East Hickman vs Grundy County

    The East Hickman Eagles traveled to Grundy county on August 17, 2018 for their season opening game. The game remained close until losing momentum late in the fourth quarter as their last drive got close to the goal line but never crossed it. Running back, the Eagles did not have a strong first half with a 0-7  score heading into halftime; however, they seemed revitalized after half. They forced turnovers many times in the first and second half. The offensive line caused a seam up the middle and Alex Garcia went straight through it and ran for a long touchdown run—that got the Eagles back in the game. The defense caused a fumble by stripping the ball and Kagan Patton fell on it for the turnover. The Eagles took to a mixed pass run attack. One of the bigger plays on the second offensive drive was a screen pass from quarterback, Tre Flottman, to Wing, Jayvon Canty for a vital first down that kept the chains moving. On the goal line, Tre Flottman ran the ball in for the tying touchdown. The defense couldn’t seem to make a stop and Grundy County ran the ball in for a touchdown while making the extra point kick to be up by seven points. They tried a squib kick that was recovered by the front line. It was the Eagles’ ball around midfield with momentum on their side. The drove down the field but then stalled around the 30 yard line.

Eagles vs Martin Westview

The second quarter proved to be hard for the Eagles with Westview scoring 21 points in a span of 5 minutes.  The defense struggled to stop the running game. Z Taylor ran a kickoff to the house, but it was called back due to a holding penalty. Running back, Alex Garcia, and wing, Jayvon Canty, went down due to injuries. Blake Lundy ran the ball better than he has all season, breaking tackles and running through holes, sometimes making his own. While a loss left the Eagles disappointed, they found out what they could improve on and will plan for week three.

Eagles vs Scotts Hill

With a 0-2 start, the Eagles plan to come back strong for a win against Scotts Hill. It is their home opener of the 2018-2019 season. They will practice as hard as they can, clean up mistakes, and come out of week three with a win. It is also their first division game which determines playoff contention. They guarantee full effort for the entire 48 minutes and press for the win.

A Final Look Back for the Class of 2018

It’s at this time of year when the finality of a chapter closed will dawn on the Class of 2018. Sure you have your diploma and the cap and gown are who knows where, but it’s now…at the beginning of a new school year when it really hits you that I am never going to go back. You might already be at college sweating through a sports practice or two, or you might be waiting for that move-in date. Maybe you are already working in the “real- world” or working for Uncle Sam in the military. Wherever you are, a twinge happens this time of year, a restlessness, a feeling of relief followed by some wistfulness, and maybe even a little apprehension because a routine that was so certain is now followed by one with new experiences and uncertainty. Never be afraid to take the next step. Smile. Think twice and do the right thing. Soar.

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