“Our offensive linemen had their best game of the year. They really exploded off the ball and created some creases to run in,” said Eagle head coach Steve Marbach.
“The backfield ran well, our receivers played well, and Ryan (Beck) had a great game, too. It was our best offensive effort in a month.”
The Eagles scored one touchdown in each of the first two quarters to take a 13-0 lead. Beck hit Hunter Tomlin on a 35-yard scoring pass in the first quarter to get the Eagles going. McKinzie Torres rushed eight yards for the second quarter score and a 13-0 lead.
Beck found Tomlin again in the third period. This scoring strike covered 84 yards to give the Eagles a 19-0 advantage early in the period.
Runge picked up its first TD of the night on it first second half possession to cut the score to a 19-7 Eagle lead.
Pettus answered back as Tomlin scored on a reverse from 10 yards out late in the third period to move the Eagles out to a 25-7 lead. Joe Jefferson ended the Eagle scoring with a 65-yard run that put the game away for the Eagles, 31-7.
Runge tacked on a touchdown with two minutes remaining in the game but it was too little and too late to make much difference. The Eagles went home with a solid 31-14 victory.
“Defensively, we played with great enthusiasm and slowed down a Runge offense that has been playing very well recently,” Marbach said.
The Eagles rushed for 257 yards on the night with Jefferson leading the team with 103 yards on just seven carries. Torres went 62 yards on 10 attempts. Beck threw for another 173 yards on six of eight passes. He hit for two TD’s and had one pass picked off by the Runge defense.
Tomlin hauled in three of Beck’s passes for 125 yards. Torres caught two for 31 yards and Jefferson had one catch for 17 yards. Grayson Huskey had five unassisted tackles on the night while Austin Carrillo and Jose Tobias each were in on nine tackles against Runge.
The Eagles meet Charlotte this Friday night in Pettus for their season finale. The kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.