EPC cruises in homecoming win
The EPC Warriors wasted little time putting this game out of reach as they improved to 7-0 with a 48-6 win over Cedar Ridge on homecoming night in Lepanto. The Warriors scored offensively, defensively and on special teams during the game.
Cedar Ridge got first possession starting on their own 25-yard line. EPC forced a punt and took over on their own 42-yard line. Caleb Harston took the first play of the game and ran down to the Cedar Ridge 24-yard line. Trevor McDaniel scored a few plays later on an eight-yard run to give EPC a 6-0 lead with 7:28 left in the opening quarter. Blake Carter addd the extra-point to make it 7-0. The Timberwolves started their second drive from their own 31-yard line. The EPC defense again forced a punt and took over first and ten on their own 33-yard line. Tristan McDaniel took a short pass and advanced it down to the Cedar Ridge 29-yard line. Mookie Sturdivant scored the Warriors next touchdown on a 34-yard run with 3:05 left in the first. Carter's extra-point made it 14-0 EPC. Cedar Ridge's third possession ended like the first two as they were forced to punt with EPC taking over at their own 45-yard line. Aaron Scales hit Trevor McDaniel with a 45-yard pass to move the ball to the Timberwolves 10-yard line as the first quarter ended.
The Warriors scored on the first play of the second quarter as Aaron Scales hit McKenzie Betts with a 15-yard touchdown pass with 11:49 left in the quarter. This was Betts' first career touchdown. Carter was good on the extra-point to push the score to 21-0 Warriors. EPC's defense was stiff again as they forced their visitors to punt again. Trevor McDaniel scooped the ball up and took it 64 yards for the touchdown with 8:59 left before half. Carter was again good on the extra-point to extend the lead to 28-0. EPC forced another Cedar Ridge punt and took over possession on their own 24-yard line. Harston hit pay dirt on the first play after the punt as he rambled 76 yards for the touchdown. Carter's extra-point made the score 35-0 with 5:40 left in the quarter. The defense decided to get in on the scoring as Sturdivant picked off the Cedar Ridge pass the returned it 46 yards for the touchdown. Carter again hit the extra-point for a 42-0 lead with 3:29 left. The mercy rule, clock continuously running, was put into effect after this score.
The Timberwolves tried an onside kick to open the second half but Chandler Smith fell on the ball giving the Warriors first and ten on the Timberwolves 48-yard line. Michael Sipes scored his first career touchdown on an eight-yard run with 3:15 left in the third quarter. The extra-point was no good as EPC stretched the lead to 48-0.
Cedar Ridge got on the board with 42 seconds left in the game on a 54-yard touchdown run. Betts blocked the extra-point kick to set the final score at 48-6.
"We worked on flying to the football on defense and it showed tonight," EPC coach Brian Weathers said after the game." "Good night for us as everything clicked, proud of our whole team," Weathers added.
Harston led the offense with 122 yards on three carries and a touchdown. Aaron Scales was four for four passing for 103 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively Sturdivant recorded 14 tackles and had the interception for a touchdown. Tristan McDaniel added 10 tackles on the night.