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East Prairie rolls through Portageville

Sunday, October 12, 2008

East Prairie's MC Williams runs for a touchdown in the first quarter Friday night. Williams had 207 yards on only 7 carries. Josh Mills, Staff
EAST PRAIRIE -- It only took MC Williams seven plays to rack up 207 yards as he was a key part to East Prairie's 56-30 victory on Friday evening against the visiting Portageville Bulldogs. The Eagles' feature back rushed for three touchdowns in the first quarter alone, accumulating over 100 yards before 12 minutes had worn off the clock.

East Prairie head coach Jason Aycock said that Williams had a lot to do with the success on the field for the Eagles against the Bulldogs.

"He (Williams) is an excellent running back," said Aycock of his senior stand-out. "He's one of those guys that every coach wants to have. With his blocking (up front) and everything, all you have to do is get in the way for MC and he can make things happen. When you've got a player like MC it makes it a whole lot more exciting on the sidelines."

Portageville head coach Lee Wallace said that Williams set the tone as well early in the first quarter.

"We knew we had our hands full with MC tonight," said Wallace. "We couldn't squeeze on him and close him off at all. He had such big running lanes and he just kind of had his way with us."

After the first quarter the Eagles led their opponent 29-8 in front of the large Homecoming crowd.

Portageville's Chad Underwood runs for yardage against East Prairie Friday night. Josh Mills, Staff
The second quarter was a near replica of the first, as it was the Eagles once again putting up double digits as Williams and teammate Jordan Jarrett combined for three TDs, putting up 20 points while the Bulldogs were held scoreless. Jarrett scored twice, the first just seconds in at 11:58 from one yard out, and the second at 1:55 from four yards out. Williams was a 54-yard run, his longest touchdown of the evening.

At halftime East Prairie was up 49-8.

In the second half the Eagles gave way to their younger players, giving Williams and the starting crew a break from action. Williams finished the evening with seven carries for 207 yards and four touchdowns while Jarrett finished with seven carries as well for 67 yards and two touchdowns.

Aaron Miller took over the duties and was the leading rusher in the second half for East Prairie as he racked up 109 yards on nine carries.

"Aaron (Miller) is going to be our feature back next year," said Aycock of his sophomore running back. "He's a hard-nosed running back. He gets in the weight room and works his tail-end off and he's a good leader. He loves football and he'll do anything in the world to get better at it."

Aycock went on to say that he hopes the experience his sophomores have been getting in 2008 will pay off in the next few seasons.

Portageville managed to pile on a few points in the second half as Wallace's second string crew got action against the young Eagle squad.

"Once they started making some changes out there we got some of our young guys out there and we were able to move the ball some," said Wallace. "That's what we're building on, we're building for the future. Every week we play we're playing with youngsters. We've just got to keep them healthy and keep their morale to where they'll stick around and let it play dividends down the road."

Fernando Minnis was another bright spot for the Bulldogs as he rushed 18 times for 119 yards and two TDs. Quarterback Landon Roberts also threw for 107 yards on 7-for-13 passing while his counterpart Conner Scott was 7-for-8 for 96 yards for East Prairie. Roberts connected with receiver DJ Birdwell six times for 102 yards while Scott threw for one TD to Shane Scott to start the scoring for the Eagles.

Wallace said that East Prairie had a good shot of doing well in their district and believes that they have a chance to win it as well.

The Eagles, now 4-3 will begin district play next week in Charleston against the Bluejays. Portageville, 0-7, heads south to Hayti in their first district match-up on Friday evening.