(Chris Pobst photo)
Four of Poplar Bluff's five touchdown plays were at least 50 yards or more as the Eagles had troubles wrapping up the speedy and shifty Pete Bryant throughout the night as Bryant racked up 265 yards on 13 carries. He also scored four touchdowns -- three rushing and one receiving.
Although ending the contest with a 22-point difference, NMCC had better luck moving the ball in week 2 after being held stagnant against the Cape Central Tigers a week ago.
The Eagles combined for 378 yards as their powerhouse, G'Darius Stevenson, worked for every bit for his 240 yards on the ground as well as connecting through the air 11 times for 105 yards.
Stevenson scored the Eagles' two touchdowns. The first, which was the first score of the game in the first quarter, was on a hard-fought 21-yard scamper which needed a length stretch to break the plane. His second score came in the fourth quarter when the Eagles were down 21-6, during a 12-yard run.
However, after Stevenson helped make it a 9-point game, a turnover on downs and a fumble by the Eagles in their next two possessions were quickly capitalized on by Poplar Bluff, who scored two times on their very next play from scrimmage that followed NMCC's mistakes. Bryant made them pay with runs of 60 and 77 yards out to seal the win for the visiting Mules.