SCOTT CITY - It was the Paris Tipler show here on Friday night as he led the East Prairie Eagles football team to a convincing 35-15 victory over the host Scott City Rams.
Tipler scored four touchdowns for the Eagles and had an interception on defense. Tipler had three touchdown runs of 69, 57 and 5 yards. He scored his other touchdown on a 68-yard touchdown reception.
East Prairie got the train rolling on their first possession of the game as quarterback Mitchell Winchester ran a play-action pass play that sucked up the safeties and left Tipler past the defense.
Winchester threw a perfect pass and Tipler ran the rest of the way for a 68-
yard touchdown on the Eagles' first offensive possession with 5:58 left in the first quarter.
Coach Corey Adkisson of the Eagles credits offensive coordinator, Gary Scott, for the initial play-call of the game.
"Coach Scott ran a fantastic play and we had good execution," said Adkisson.
On East Prairie's third offensive play of the game, Tipler out-ran the Rams defense and scampered 69 yards for a touchdown with five seconds left in the first quarter. After a quarter of play, the Eagles led 14-0.
In the second quarter, the Rams played tough as John Pinkston would find Derek Goodin open in the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown pass. Scott City would fake the extra point and Pinkston would find Goodin open for a two-
At 8:25 of the second quarter, Scott City was back in the game with the score 14-8.
Before the half, Winchester would find tight end Tony Harris open for a 41-
yard touchdown at 3:47 of the second quarter. East Prairie would lead going into the locker room by a score of 21-8.
With only three carries in the first half, Tipler would get things rolling in the second half. On his first carry of the half, Tipler would motor 57 yards for a touchdown.
Three minutes later at 8:15 of the third quarter, Tipler would score his third rushing touchdown with a 5-yard jaunt into the end zone. After three periods, East Prairie had a commanding 35-8 lead over the Rams.
Coach Terry Flannigan of Scott City knew that his club was up against a solid football team.
"We were outmatched talent-wise but we didn't quit," said Flannigan. "We have a problem with speed and East Prairie has some speed."
Scott City did show some fortitude and put up a score as the time was winding on the fourth quarter. At 2:45, Jonathan Barr of the Rams would score on a tough 5-yard to make the final score 35-15 in favor of East Prairie.
Even though the Eagles were victorious, coach Adkisson was not satisfied with his team's performance.
"We played too sloppy tonight and we have to cut down on our penalties," said Adkisson.
Coach Flannigan thought that his offense did move the football on East Prairie but were not mentally focused at the start of the game.
"We have to start quicker," said Flannigan. "The little things just killed us tonight and we have to work on our tackling."
On offense for the Eagles, Tipler had 298 total yards with 201 of those yards coming from the rush. Winchester had seven carries for 65 yards and freshmen M.C. Williams chipped in with seven carries for 19 yards.
Scott City was led in rushing by senior Jonathan Barr who rushed 24 times for 145 yards and a touchdown. Chris Blankenship had 11 carries for 58 yards.
Winchester, a first-year starter at quarterback for the Eagles, threw for 138 yards with two touchdown passes.
Tipler caught one of those touchdowns thrown by Winchester and had two catches for 97 yards. Tony Jones caught the other pass for a 41-yard touchdown catch.
For Scott City, Pinkston threw for 51 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception. Barr caught four passes for 35 yards and Goodin caught a touchdown pass for the Rams.
On defense, the Eagles would be led by freshman Riley Hadenfelt, who would tie for the team lead in tackles with 12. Linebacker William O'Guin would also garner 12 tackles on the night for East Prairie.
Defensive lineman R.C. Strand would dominate the middle and record nine tackles with a sack. David Stalker would help Strand on the D-line and record six tackles.
The night would belong to Tipler as he showed he is not only a premiere running back but that he is also a dominant defensive talent. Tipler had seven tackles, defended a pass and had an interception.
For Scott City, Barr and Cody Carlyle would lead the Rams defense with six tackles each. Senior Justin Simmons had the lone sack for the Rams and had four tackles on the night.
While East Prairie (2-1) won the contest, some concerns did appear as running backs Dez Johnson and Williams appeared to sustain some injuries during the game.
"We scaled down Dez's action just for precautionary reasons," said Adkisson. "Williams had an ankle sprain during the game and he should be okay."
The good news for coach Adkisson is that his team has a bye week next and will be able to heal injuries in time for their next match-up which will be Oct. 1 at Fredericktown with kickoff scheduled for 2 p.m.
Scott City (0-3) returns to action against Brentwood at home next Friday.