EPC downs rival Marked Tree in conference clash
EPC (3-1, 1-0 2A-3) used two Trevor Walker touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull away from Marked Tree (2-2, 0-1) for a 36-16 win in a game marred by a scuffle in the fourth quarter that resulted in nine player ejections, five from Marked Tree and four from EPC. All nine players will also have to sit out of next week's game.
EPC got the scoring started early as Xzavier Reed took the short kick-off and sprinted up the right sideline 60 yards for a touchdown with 11:49 left. Peyton Phillips was stopped on the two-point conversion run. Marked Tree got the ball on their own 49-yard yard line after the kick-off went out of bounds. The Indians moved the ball to the EPC 46-yard line where they went for a first down on fourth down only to see Julian Booker's pass fall incomplete turning the ball over to EPC with 9:36 left. The Warriors used the run and pass to move the ball to the Marked Tree 25-yard before a pass interference call against the Indians moved the ball to the 10-yard line with less than a minute left in the quarter. Chanc Gray rolled out looking to pass before tucking the ball and gaining nine yards for the score putting EPC up 12-0 with 29 seconds left. Gray found Dee Lauderdale in the back of the end zone for the two-point conversion pass making it 14-0 Warriors. Marked Tree fell on the ensuing kick-off to start their possession on their own 41-yard line with 27 seconds left. The quarter ended during the Marked Tree drive with EPC up 14-0.
The Indians moved the ball the EPC 20-yard line with their ground game and a personal foul EPC before Booker found Paul Coleman on a swing pass that Coleman took 17 yards to the end zone making it 14-6 EPC with 7:59 left in the half. Booker ran in the two-point conversion to make the score 14-8 Warriors. Phillips fell on the Marked Tree squib kick at the Indians' 49-yard line. The Warriors moved the ball to the Marked Tree 13-yard before a pass interference call on the Indians moved the ball to the six-yard line. Trevor Walker covered the the final six yards for the score to make it 20-8 EPC with 4:03 left. Gray was stopped on the two-point conversion run. Marked Tree's ground game was effective again on their next series as they moved the ball to the EPC 37-yard line as a personal foul on the Warriors put the ball on the EPC 22-yard line with 3:13 left. The Indians moved the ball to the five-yard before turning the ball over on downs as Booker was dropped for a loss on fourth down with 31 seconds left in the half. EPC ran the clock out to take a 20-8 lead into the half.
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