Charleston gets momentum in quest for district title
EAST PRAIRIE -- The Charleston Bluejays (2-6) were able to get the ball into the hands of their playmakers Friday night, as they defeated the East Prairie Eagles (1-6) in the battle for Mississippi County, 34-12.
"Offensively, I thought we did a great job moving the ball," Bluejays coach Dan Kesselring said. "We were able to spread the ball around. Marquez Ware and Jerquawn Sherrell did a great job running the ball and we were able to mix the ball around and throw the ball to all our receivers."
Marquez Ware and Jerquawn Sherrell combined for two touchdowns and 135 rushing yards. Chase McClendon completed only two of three passes but those two completions were enough for 79 yards and one touchdown completion to Alan Hemphill.
Despite 169 rushing yards and two touchdowns from M.C. Williams, the Eagles could not overcome timely mistakes to get the momentum going in their favor.
"We played well at times," Eagles coach Gary Scott said. "We moved the ball, we just had some costly turnovers and a few holding penalties that put us into some tough situations. Overall, I thought we played hard but some mistakes cost us."
Charleston had the only touchdown in the first quarter on a three yard run by Ware with 4:15 left to play.
The Eagles rebounded quickly on a one yard rushing touchdown by M.C. Williams with 9:15 left to play in second quarter, but missed the extra point attempt bringing them within one.
McClendon then took over the second quarter. McClendon would scramble for an 18-yard touchdown run at the 6:43 mark. Later he threw a 37-yard strike to Hemphill with 2:16 left to play, giving the Bluejays a 21-6 lead going into halftime.
One minute into the third quarter, the Bluejays' Hemphill would pick up a 40-
yard touchdown return on a fumble recovery, giving the Bluejays a 21-point lead.
Williams answered with a 35-yard run of his own into the end zone at the 8:37 mark. But, the Eagles missed their second straight extra point attempt, giving them their total of 12 points for the night.
Sherrell added to the Bluejays tally rushing for a five yard touchdown with 5:43 left to play in the third quarter. The extra point was blocked, giving the Bluejays a total of 34 points.
Ware led the Bluejays in rushing with 84 yards on 14 carries.
Charleston will return home next Friday, as they host Malden. East Prairie will play Thursday night when they travel to Caruthersville.