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Eagles roll past Caruthersville

Sunday, September 28, 2008

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New Madrid County Central quarterback Dontre Jenkins hands off to running back G'Darius Stevenson in the first quarter Friday night. David Jenkins, Staff
NEW MADRID-- The New Madrid County Central Eagles rolled past the Tigers of Caruthersville 32-12 Friday night in New Madrid.

The Eagles put up solid offensive numbers, compiling 373 yards of total offense.

One of New Madrid's most productive offensive weapons was running back Bryan Waters, who ran for 116 yards and received for 57 yards. He also had one touchdown.

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NMCC's Rodney Anderson runs for a 32-yard touchdown in the first quarter Friday night. David Jenkins, Staff
"I feel like I played pretty good," Waters said after Friday's game. "I got all of my yards tonight from the hard work of my offensive line. We've had to rebuild our offensive line and these guys do a great job."

Eagles head coach Arlen Pixley is able to employ three quality athletes in his office in Waters, G'Darius Stevenson, and Rodney Anderson.

"It makes coaching offense fun," Pixley said of his three running backs. "You can throw them the ball and they can catch it and take it the distance. You can plug them up the middle and they can make people miss. It's very rare to find three high-caliber athletes in the same backfield. I feel we do a good job of utilizing all of them. One does one thing better than the other and vice-versa. They block for each other. At the end of the night, they are more concerned with getting this homecoming win than they are how many yards they had. They just know we won 32-12."

The Eagles were able to jump out to a quick lead when they sacked Caruthersville's punter on the 11-yard line after the Tigers first unsuccessful drive. New Madrid's Stevenson was able to punch it for a touchdown on that drive less than four minutes in to the game.

New Madrid struck again with 5:39 left in the first quarter when Rodney Anderson drove in a 32-yard run. After another two point conversion the Eagles were on top 14-0 and never looked back.

However, New Madrid's second touchdown was almost derailed by a series of penalties, most of which were for lining up improperly prior to the snap.

"We have to line up correctly," Pixley said. "We have to make sure not to make those types of mistakes that are so preventable."

Although Pixley feels his squad made mistakes with penalties, he was very pleased with the play of his special teams.

"Our kickoff coverage was excellent tonight," he said. "Our kickoff return was pretty good. We did a good job on both sides of the ball with field position. Good field position from those sacked punts gave us great position and turned this thing into a one half ballgame and when you do that it makes things pretty simple. We did a good job of utilizing our aggression and pressure."

Pixley noted that his defense played very soundly Friday night.

"Our defense made some really nice stands tonight," he said. "Those guys did the right things and got in the right spots. We had a couple of busted plays but we see where we made those mistakes and can address those."

Pixley pointed to the steady play of quarterback Dontre Jenkins as a consistent element of his offense.

"He is a great manager," Pixley said. "He's thrown for around a hundred yards in all of our games. He runs the ball well for us. He can get a lot of offense for us. He starting to learn more about situational play. We're really happy with him."

Caruthersville coach Brad Gerling felt mistakes and injuries kept his team from competing in this game.

"We did not come out with a whole lot of intensity," Gerling said. "We made some mistakes early. We gave up good field position. New Madrid took advantage of that which is what good teams do. When you've got to fight tooth and nail to stay in the game, you can't give up field position like that. Once they went up we didn't fight back as hard as I would have liked to seen that. We're fighting a lot of injuries. It just didn't happen for us tonight."

New Madrid moves to 3-2 with Friday nights win and is hoping to keep things rolling as they prepare to head to Sikeston next week.

"This was a momentum building game for us," Pixley said. "We built a little momentum against Charleston. We've won two in a row now and it's great for momentum heading into this Sikeston game."

Waters commented on his teams attitude.

"Our excitement is pretty high," Waters said. "We lost our first two home games. But we've won two in a row and feel we are playing pretty good. We are looking forward to the Sikeston game next week."

Pixley and the Eagles will face off against the Bulldogs of Sikeston next Friday at 7 p.m.