Last week, the Golden Eagles opened the season with a 41-10 victory over Ola which was their largest win total since defeating Dutchtown by 34 points nearly a decade ago.
“It was a big win for the program,” Eagle’s Landing football coach Joe Teknipp said. “Anytime you can start off the year with a win and start building some confidence, it’s a great thing for us.”
Clinging to just a three-point lead at the half, the Golden Eagles outscored the Mustangs 28-0 during the final 24 minutes.
“The guys really came together,” Teknipp said. “We told them the old cliché where if you make this stop to start the third quarter it could set the tone for the rest of the game. It was nice that the defense was able to step up and do that.”
Bradley Dewberry returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown and Sedrick Palmer also picked off a pass while leading the team with 10 tackles. Dewberry also passed for 107 yards and Palmer ran for a pair of scores. Corey Holloway finished with 144 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
“Holloway broke some tackles and made some great runs,” Teknipp said. “Palmer did a great job too. “It’s a great thing to have both guys in the backfield. They are interchangeable. One can block and one can be the runner. They are really selfless helping each other out.”
Now, the Golden Eagles are preparing for the Trojans, who defeated Spalding 44-14 last week.
“They are probably the fastest team we will face all year,” Teknipp said. “They have great speed. They aren’t the biggest team but man are they fast. I’m glad we’re playing on grass and not down there on the sprint turf that they have.”
Last season, Lamar County topped Eagle’s Landing 41-30 in Barnesville.
“We were stung early by them,” Teknipp said. “We were down 20 points at halftime but we kept battling and felt like we ran out of time.”