Warriors stay unbeaten
EPC (4-0, 1-0 2A-3) kept their record perfect with a 58-0 win over Salem this past Friday in Lepanto.
Salem took the openin kickoff and drove down inside the EPC 20-yard line before they turned the ball over on downs on thier own 25-yard line with 9:14 to go in the first quarter. The Warriors took advantage of the turnover as they drove the field and scored when Aaron Scales found Quinn Young behind the secondardy for a 38 yard touchdown pass. Chanc Gary added the two-point conversion run to make it 8-0 EPC with 5:57 left. Clay Malone intercepted an errant pass giving the Warriors the ball on their onw 42-yard line with five minutes left. EPC couldn't capitalize on the turnover as they were forced to punt with the ball being downed on the Salem 11-yard line with just under three minutes left in the quarter. The Warriors added another score as time expired in the opening quarter as Kyler Gordon took a short pass from Scales and scampered 12 yards for the score. Gordon added the two-point conversion run to make it 16-0 EPC.
The Warriors struck again with 7:37 left in the second when Scales and Quinn Young hooked up again on a 42 yard touchdown pass. The two-point try failed leaving it 22-0 Warriors. Malone picked off his second pass to give the Warriors the ball on the Salem 32-yard line with 6:30 to go before halftime. A minute later Gordon found the end zone on a two yard run with 5:30 left. Scales passed to Quinn Young on the two-point play to make it 30-0 EPC. The Warriors forced Salem to punt getting the ball on thier own 38-yard line with four minutes left. Scaled tossed his fourth touchdown pass of the half finding Tavius Dancy for a 50 yard strike with 1:35 left in the half. Scales ran for the two-point conversion to make it 38-0.
The Warriors got the ball first in the second half as the mercy rule would be in effect the entire second half. Gordon scored his third touchdown of the night on a 33 yard run with eight minutes left in the third. Gordon was stopped short on the two-point try to make the score 44-0.
The Warriors added two more scores in the final quarter as T.J. Young scored on a 22 yard run with 11:30 left in the fianl quarter. Trevor Walker added the two-point conversion to make it 52-0 Warriors. Block Evans fell on a Salem loose ball with eight minutes left in the game but the Warriors couldn't take advantage as they turned the ball over on downs. On the Greyhounds first play after the turnover, Dancy stepped in front of a Salem pass and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown with just under three minutes left. The two-point pass to Cole Nooner was incomplete to set the final score at 58-0.
"We came out ready to play. We've worked hard week after week and our offense is clicking right now," EPC head coach Brian Weathers said. "As fun as the offense is to watch, one thing getting overlooked is how well our defense it playing. We put together two great game plan and two great performances, one for each side of the ball," Weathers added. Weathers had nothing but praise when asked about his quarterback. "He's (Scales) is amazing! Week in and week out I think we have the best player on the field every Friday night so we are going to have a shot. He gets everybody involved and our offensive line is protecting him. I can't be more proud of our team."
Scales completed 12 of 13 passes for 265 yards and four scores. Gordon finshed with three touchdowns, two rushing and one receivng. T.J. Young added a rushing touchdown too. Quinn Young hauled in two touchdown passes while Tavius Dancy had a touchdown reception and an interception return for a touchdown. Malone caught five balls for 82 yards and intercpeted two passes on defense. Scales finished with 11 tackles (seven solo) on defense as Matt Fergurson recorded 10 tackles.