East Bladen crushes Trask, 42-6
by Staff report
ROCKY POINT — A huge scoring explosion in the second quarter propelled East Bladen to its second straight Four County Conference win, this one a 42-6 drubbing of winless Heidi Trask on Friday.
The Eagles are now 3-5 overall and 2-2 in the conference.
“We’re hoping we can get on a roll,” East Bladen coach Robby Priest said before the game. “This week was the first time since 2008 that we’ve been able to practice with the entire first team offense against the entire first team defense, and that helped us a lot.”
Helping the Eagles get on a roll Friday were the Murchison brothers — Farrell, who moved from fullback to halfback, and Larrell, who moved from lineman to fullback.
On East Bladen’s first possession, Larrell Murchison snared an 18-yard pass from quarterback Ty McMillian and, moments later, Farrell Murchison did the same for another 18-yard gain. Jaylan Herring finished off the drive with a 16-yard touchdown run. The PAT was blocked, but the Eagles led 6-0.
After stopping a Trask possession, East Bladen mounted a 12-play drive highlighted by a 65-yard run by Herring before Farrell Murchison scored on a 4-yard run. McMillian ran in the two-point try to up the lead to 14-0 as the second quarter began.
When East Bladen got the ball back, McMillian found Alex Stephens with a pass that went for a 71-yard touchdown. Jesus Ramos booted the extra point to give the Eagles a 21-0 lead.
The Titans managed to finally break through the East Bladen defense for a touchdown that cut the deficit to 21-6, but later in the second quarter, a Trask fumble was recovered by Matthew Ripley at the Titans’ 9 and East Bladen needed only Farrell Murchison’s 9-yard run to get the points. Ramos’ kick gave East Bladen a 28-6 edge.
Just before the half closed out, McMillian found Jaquan Jones with a 28-yard touchdown pass. Ramos added the extra point to give the Eagles a 35-6 lead at intermission.
The third quarter was uneventful until late, when Larrell Murchison’s number was called four straight times. On his final carry, he punched the ball into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown. Ramos nailed the point after for a 42-6 East Bladen lead.
With mostly reserves playing and a running clock, neither team seriously threatened in the fourth quarter.
On the ground, the Eagles were led by Herring’s 109 yards on nine carries, while Farrell Murchison added 61 yards on eight carries. Larrell Murchison had 43 yards on five carries.
Through the air, McMillian was 6-for-9 for 149 yards. Stephens caught two passes for 77 yards and Jones caught two passes for 34 yards.
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