The Eagles were led by sophomore M.C. Williams who scored four touchdowns (three rushing and one receiving) and junior tight end Tony Jones who had two catches for 137 including an 80-yard touchdown reception on the Eagles first possession of the game.
"I thought the guys came out with more fire and intensity than they did last week," said East Prairie head coach Corey Adkisson. "Our offensive line did a great job of opening up holes and so did our receivers."
Williams had touchdown runs of 25, 5, and 2 to put the Eagles safely ahead midway through the third quarter.
Williams could have had a fourth rushing touchdown but fumbled on the 1-
Eagle offensive lineman Tyler Branam recovered the fumble in the end zone for the East Prairie score.
"M.C. has matured from a season ago," said Adkisson. "He dedicated himself to our summer program and got in great physical condition. The best thing about M.C. is that he is satisfied with a four- or five-yard run. He is not looking to break the big one every time. He gets what the defenses give him and moves forward."
Portageville had some chances to stay close with East Prairie but penalties and turnovers cost the Bulldogs.
In the first half, Portageville committed five penalties and turned the football over twice. A goal-line stand by the Eagles at 9:45 of the second quarter seemed to deflate the Bulldogs.
"East Prairie is just the better team," said Portageville head coach Ashley Swims.
"They have some great talent over there in the Williams kid and Jones. Those kids are athletic and cause match-up problems. We had our chances, the offense was clicking early but we shot ourselves in the foot like we have been doing all year long. At times, we are our own worst enemy."
The Eagles held the Bulldogs to 138 total yards in the game and were led by their defensive line, which was constantly in the Bulldog backfield.
"Our defense was better tonight than we have been in awhile," said Adkisson. "We tried to take the run off tackle and they burned us on some sweeps early. We are starting to play as a unit and I see some good things out there."
Leading 24-0 with 30 seconds to play in the first half, East Prairie prepared to kick off to the Bulldogs. Kicker Riley Hadenfeldt kicked an onside kick which the Eagles recovered.
Two plays later, East Prairie quarterback Cameron Woodward threw a lateral pass to Jordan Jarret, who turned and found a wide open Williams downfield for a 28-yard touchdown.
"That was pure luck on the kick," said Adkisson.
"We were trying to just squib the ball down the field, but Riley hit the ground before the ball. Sometimes it goes your way."
Despite the loss, Swims had high praise for some Bulldog players.
"Adam Crumley, Ben Mayberry and Mikey Johnson went hard every play out there from start to finish," said Swims.
"No matter the score those guys went 100 percent."
Portageville (0-6) faces rival Hayti Indians (5-2) next Friday at 7 p.m. on the road to begin Class 1, District 1 action.
East Prairie (3-3) begins Class 2, District 1 at the Charleston Bluejays (2-4) Friday at 7 p.m.