(Photo by Brent Shipman)
EAST PRAIRIE -- Unable to contain Hayti's powerful running game in the second half on Friday, the East Prairie Eagles fell 40-10 to open the season.
"What it all boils down to is in the second half they had more gas than we did," East Prairie head coach Jason Aycock said. "They don't have to go all out every play, but with us, we have to go full tilt every single play to keep up with their athletic ability."
Down 14-0 heading into the final minutes of the first half, East Prairie was able to carry some momentum into the locker room when quarterback Dalton Golightly connected with Shawn King from seven yards out in the corner of the endzone.
"The corner lined up inside so I just ran a corner route instead of the route I was supposed to and he found me in the back of the end zone," King said.
Coming out of the half, the Eagles then closed to within 14-10 of the the Indians when Frankie Nave connected on a 25-yard field goal with 7:27 left in the third quarter.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, just over a minute later of the next Indians drive, quarterback Karnard Humes turned what looked to be a disastrous play into a touchdown.
Dropping back to pass, Humes lost control of the ball as pass rushers quickly approached. Recovering the ball from the ground, however, Humes found Jermel Covington wide-open down the right sideline for a 34 yard score.
"That's what Karnard can do for you," Hayti coach Justin Peden said. "He's something special in that he can beat you with his feet or his arm.
"He even throws it behind his back sometimes. He can get it done."
Opening up the fourth, Humes then scored on a 15-yard run, before teammate Dylan Riddick scored on hayti's next drive from 34-yards out with 7:10 to play, putting the Indians up 32-10.
Effectively sealing the game, Riddick found the end zone once more on a 3-yard run up the middle to make up the 40-10 final.
For Peden, the win was extra special as Friday night was his first game as head coach after serving as an assistant with the Indians for six years.
"For this to be my first win as a head coach, this is probably one of the best days of my life," Peden said. "I'm really proud of the kids and what they did."
Leading the Indians on offense Humes finished the game 166 yards and three touchdowns on the ground while finishing 8 of 12 through the air with one touchdown.
Riddick finished with 127 yards on 12 carries, gaining all but nine yards in the second half.
For the Eagles, Adrian Soto led the offense with 79 yards on 16 carries.
"We had a lot of bright spots on the offensive side of the ball," Aycock said. "I felt like in the first half we were clicking pretty good. We had one big long drive that i think was about a 75 yard drive and we just couldn't capitalize on it inside the five.
"You put all that work in there, you have to be able to capitalize on those drives."
|Hayti||6||8||6||20 - 40|
|East Prairie||0||7||3||0 - 10|
H -- Karnard Humes 39 run (pass failed), 11:39
H -- Karnard Humes 66 run (run good). 8:00
E -- Shawn King 7 pass from Dalton Golightly (kick good), 0:14
E -- Frankie Nave 25 field goal, 7:27
H -- Jermel Covington 34 pass from Karnard Humes (run failed), 6:01
H -- Karnard Humes 15 run (pass failed), 9:46
H -- Dylan Riddick 34 run (pass failed), 7:10
H -- Dylan Riddick 3 run (run good), 4:26
Hayti -- Karnard Humes 12-166, Dylan Riddick 12-127, Jermel Covington 1-14, Maurion Newbill 3-15, Demetrius Luster 1-27. East Prairie -- Brad Beck 13-43, Adrian Soto 16-79, Dalton Golightly 5-(-23), Frankie Nave 12-42.
Hayti -- Karnard Humes 8-12-0 79. East Prairie -- Dalton Golightly 9-20-3 133.
Hayti -- Terrance West 4-27, Demetrius Luster 1-4, Jerome Jones 2-14, Jermel Covington 1-34. East Prairie -- Brad Beck 3-39, Cody Huff 3-47, Shawn King 3-47.