EAST PRAIRIE - Jimmy Jackson rushed 28 times for 206 yards to lead the Caruthersville Tigers to a 36-9 win over East Prairie Friday night in the first round of district play.
"We set out to put some points on the scoreboard. We have been having some success moving the football but we have not put the ball in the endzone the last four games. We wanted some momentum going into the last two games, and we knew we had to knock off East Prairie and get a win to set things up," said an elated Jackie Johnson, head coach of Caruthersville.
Caruthersville's Cliff Edwards got the offense going with 7:44 left in the first quarter on a 19-yard pass reception. The extra point failed and the Tigers led 6-0.
The Eagles clawed back in the same quarter.
After the Eagles intercepted a Rogers VanAusdall pass, Brent Harland scampered in for an East Prairie score.
The point after was good and the Eagles enjoyed a rare, but brief lead 7-6.
The Tigers continued to be very potent on the offensive side of the ball for the remainder of the first half.
They put another six on the board with 1:35 left to take the lead for good when Chris Springer caught a pass and waltzed into the endzone.
"I think we all played well," continued Coach Johnson. "We finally put things together and put things on the scoreboard."
By halftime Caruthersville held a 21-7 lead behind the relentless running of Jackson who scored with 3:32 left in the second quarter.
East Prairie played a bit better in the second half on defense, allowing just two scores and scoring a safety with 5:32 remaining in the contest.
The Eagles' schedule doesn't get any easier next week as they take on the Malden Greenwave at Malden in the second week of district play.
Caruthersville will host Portageville on Friday.