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Friday, Aug. 26, 2016

East Prairie picks up first win in convincing fashion

Sunday, September 26, 2004

FULTON, KY. -- East Prairie won its first game of the season in a big way with a 62-22 trouncing of Fulton County on Friday.

"We had a big offensive night," said coach Jason Aycock, who picked up his first win as East Prairie head coach.

"One thing I told them is they have to keep believing and they did and we just exploded tonight."

East Prairie (1-3) was led by Dez Johnson, who moved to running back from quarterback. Johnson ran for a whopping 210 yards on 17 carries, including touchdown runs of 47 and 64 yards.

He also returned an interception for a 78-yard touchdown and scored a two-point conversion.

Said Aycock, "We figured that Dezrick (Johnson) wasn't getting enough carries so we wanted to put him in the backfield and get him about 20 carries. Anytime he has the ball he seems to make things happen."

Anthony Shoemaker took over at quarterback and was a perfect 2-for-2 with both throws going for scores, 36 yards to Ben Walters and 12 yards to Darrell Allred.

"Preston is an all around great athlete," said Aycock. "He's sort of our utility man. He did a good job leading the team and did an outstanding job at quarterback."

Running back Anthony Smith also had a big night with 184 rushing yards in six carries.

He scored on runs of 96 and 78 yards and also ran in a two-point conversion.

The Eagle defense also chipped in with two other scores. Allred ran a fumble recovery 52-yards to paydirt and Randy Woods recovered a Fulton County fumble in the end zone.

East Prairie led 41-14 at the half, then added 21 third-quarter points.