MALDEN -- A short-handed East Prairie squad hung tough for a half, then faltered after the intermission.
The Eagles (2-6) lost their Class 2, District 1 opener to Malden 40-14 on Friday.
East Prairie scored on its opening drive and trailed by a single point at 8-7 as the first half ended. The Green Wave put the game on ice with 24 third-quarter points.
The Eagles had little trouble moving the ball up and down the field -- 380 yards of total offense, 217 rushing and 163 passing -- but couldn't find the end zone often enough.
"I think we had the ball inside the red zone four times," said East Prairie coach Jason Aycock, "and just couldn't punch it in. That hurt us tonight."
Darrell Allred led the Eagle ground attack with 122 yards on 18 carries, while flu-stricken leading rusher Dez Johnson managed 95 in 13 trips. Allred scored on a 11-yard run.
Quarterback Preston Shoemaker, who also ran for a 10-yard touchdown, went 8-for-14 passing for the 163 total. He was intercepted once.
Anthony Smith led Eagle receivers with four catches for 76 yards; Johnson caught two for 73.
East Prairie hosts Portageville, while Malden entertains Caruthersville next Friday in round two of district play.