HURLEY — Finally taking to the field on Week 3 of football season, South Pike suffered a tough 27-0 loss for its season opener at hands of the East Central Hornets on Friday.
Offensively, the Eagles struggled to find their rhythm, managing just 154 yards for the game.
The Eagles’ passing attack proved to be non-existent as South pike completed 1 of 9 attempts for a mere five yards.
The running game fared a little better, with 154 yards on 29 attempts, but untimely fumbles stalled any chance of success.
“We didn’t play well and we didn’t have the stuff in that we needed to have to compete against a team of this caliber, but I thought our kids played hard. There were some bright spots,” South Pike head coach Brinson Wall said.
Defensively, the Eagles came out flying, halting the Hornets and forcing a punt after three plays. The next possession proved to be a little more difficult. A turnover on downs gave East Central the ball with a little over nine minutes left in the first on their own 31-yard line. Seventeen plays and 69 yards later the Hornets gave the game its first score with nine minutes left in the second quarter. The failed two-point conversion caused the score to remain 6-0.
The Hornets were able to add to their lead just before halftime after a Eagle fumble was scooped up and returned 22 yards to pay dirt. A successful extra point attempt gave East Central a 13-0 lead going into the half.
The second half had a similar story, as East Central capitalized on more of South Pike’s miscues, starting with a midfield fumble that the Hornets recovered and cashed in with a 35-yard scamper a few plays later, pushing the score to 20-0 going into the fourth.
The last quarter proved no different than the first three after the Eagles threw an interception, giving them three turnovers for the game. Eight plays later, the Hornets capped the scoring on a two-yard rush. The extra point increased the score to 27-0.
Eagles will look to find some momentum next week as they travel to Tylertown, the No. 1 ranked 3A team in the state.