(Photo by Lance Hanlin, Staff)
The win put East Prairie over the .500 mark (3-2) for the first time in more than 5 years and marked the first time it won three straight since the 1994 season. The loss was the 10th straight for Chaffee.
Eagle seniors Brent Harland and Josh Boyer did the heavy lifting for East Prairie. Harland carried 11 times for 135 yards and one touchdown while Boyer rushed 10 times for 118 yards and three touchdowns.
Paris Tipler made his presence felt as well, rushing six times for 76 yards and one touchdown and as placekicker, pinned the Red Devils back deep in their territory on two occasions.
The Eagles began the contest sluggishly when they tied the Red Devils 6-6 in the opening quarter, but picked up the pace in the second period on Harland's 10-yard scamper and Tipler's 35-yard effort.
That made the halftime score 22-6. Chaffee's lone tally came on a 9-yard run by Brad Uhrhan.
"I'm glad we won, but our kids didn't play very well in the first half. We saw the team in the second half that we saw against Scott City and Fulton County and that's the team that we're going to have to have out here on the field if we're going to win," commented Eagle head coach Brett Blackman.
Boyer scored two of his three touchdowns in the third period on runs of 24 yards at 6:31 of the quarter and a dash of 52 yards at the 4:21 mark.
Tipler found the end zone for the second time when he picked off a Jeff Daugherty pass and hit paydirt from the 15 yard line. That made the score 42-6 at the end of three.
"We've struggled all year and we've been beaten pretty bad and we play a lot of young kids. I'm proud of the effort they gave. They came out and played and we were in the ball game for a little while. They (East Prairie) have a lot more talent than we do, but we felt we grew a little bit tonight," said Chaffee coach Terry Brashers.
Each team tallied a touchdown in the last quarter. Eagle quarterback Dez Johnson hooked up with Kaleb Thurman on a 26-yard pass play on the first play of the fourth period. Then Chaffee quarterback Jeff Daugherty scored the final points of the contest when he called his own number and ran the ball in from five yards out.
East Prairie will host Charleston next Friday and Chaffee will travel to Malden to face the Green Wave.