EPC handed first loss of season
EPC (6-1, 3-1 2A-3) and Cross County met this past Friday night in a battle of undefeated teams in the 2A-3 conference. The Warriors jumped out early scoring on their first possession, but it was all Thunderbirds from there on as Cross County posted a 36-8 win in Lepanto.
EPC started their first drive on their own 35-yard line. They moved the ball out to the 48-yard line where Aaron Scales kept the ball, hit the right sideline and sprinted 62 yards for the score with 11:13 left in the quarter. Scales found Quinn Young in the corner of the end zone for the two-point conversion to make it 8-0 Warriors. The teams traded punts before the EPC defense stopped the Thunderbirds on fourth and three to take possession of the ball. The Warriors had to punt the ball back to Cross County. A touchdown pass got the Thunderbirds on the board with 21 seconds left in the opening quarter. The two-point play was no good leaving the score 8-6 EPC.
EPC turned the ball over on downs on their first possession of the second half with just under 10 minutes left in the quarter. Quinn Young got the ball back as he intercepted a Cross County pass and returned it to the Thunderbirds 22-yard line with 8:43 left. Cross County returned the favor as they picked off a Scales pass and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown with 8:26 left before half. The two-point run was good to make the score 14-8 Cross County. The teams traded possessions before the first half came to a close.
Cross County recovered the Warriors onside kick to start the third quarter before driving down and scoring on two yard run. The two-point conversion run was good to make it 22-8 Thunderbirds with 10:26 left in the quarter. EPC was forced to punt the ball away with 9:30 left. Cross County drove down again and scored with 3:17 left to make it 28-8. The two-point pass play was no good.
EPC's defense came up big stopping Cross County at the one-yard line to take over possession of the ball with 6:30 left in the game. The Warriors would give the ball back to the Thunderbirds as Scales' pass was intercepted with 4:25 left. Cross County capitalized on this turnover as they scored again to with 3:20 left. The two-point pass play was good to make it 36-8 Thunderbirds. The Warriors got the ball twice more as they fumbled the ball away and the game ended on their last possession.
"It was pretty simple, the came to play, played their butts off and for some reason we didn't," EPC head coach Brian Weathers said after the game. "They were more physical, more athletic and better coached, you name it and that's why the score looks like it does," Weathers added.
Scales rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown and added 50 yards passing on the night.
EPC will host Earle this Friday night in another 2A-3 conference clash. Kick-off is set for 7.