The Eagles can’t afford a late wake up call this week in round two as they travel to Oneonta to face the No. 2 ranked class 4A team. Oneonta demolished West Limestone in round one 56-0.
It took DAR only four plays to score with the touchdown being set up on a long pass.
The two-point conversion was good and the visiting team was quickly up 8-0.
On their first possession the Eagles were forced to punt, and a bad snap sent punter Jackson Bell scrambling. DAR tackled Bell on the Eagles 25 yard-line and this time it took only two plays to cash in, again the two-point conversion was good and with 6:19 left on the clock DAR was up 16-0.
The Eagles were denied a score on a long run by Dominique Thomas when they were called for holding. It didn’t matter. Thomas came back on the next play and with a head of steam powered his way 59-yards to the end zone and a Jacksonville touchdown.
Enough can’t be said of the play of Thomas. The senior was on a mission to get his team to the next round of playoffs. Thomas finished with 260 yards rushing on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns, bringing his total to 23 touchdowns on the year.
Thomas also was successful running in the two-point conversion and with 5:44 remaining in the first quarter the Eagles had cut the Patriots lead in half.
On the next possession DAR fumbled on their fist play and the Eagles Mak Curry alertly fell on the ball on the DAR 15-yard line.
After a one-yard gain by quarterback Bell, Sid Thurmond took the ball and ran it 14-yards in for the touchdown. Thurmond was another hero for the Eagles, carrying the ball four times for 45 yards and two touchdowns and also had a 40-yard reception for a touchdown and an interception.
Following the Thurmond touchdown, the Eagles attempted another two-point conversion to tie the score, but this time it was no good.
Jacksonville put another quick score on the board. Senior Payton Sims intercepted a DAR pass and returned it to the Eagles 49-yard line. Bell called his own number and ran the ball to the 14-yard line. After a penalty moved the Eagles back five, Bell raced around the left end and down the sidelines for the third Jacksonville score of the night. Bell hit Thurmond for a two-point conversion and the Eagles had taken the lead 22-16.
The Eagles made the most of the 3:08 still remaining in the first quarter. After DAR went three and out the Eagles moved the ball down the field, scoring when Thurmond ran in his second touchdown of the game, this time from 26-yards out.
The Eagles led 28-16 at the end of the first quarter.
The Eagles scored again on their first possession of the second quarter on a 40-yard pass from Bell to Thurmond. The extra point by Mason Tompkins was good.
The Patriots were able to move the ball down the field but a tough Jacksonville defense held DAR on fourth down at the Jacksonville 31.
With the Patriots back pedaling, the Eagles had no trouble moving the ball downfield on runs by Thomas and Bell. With the ball on the ten-yard line Thomas took it into the end zone once more and with Tompkins kick had a more than comfortable 42-16 lead at the half.
Coming out of the locker room Thomas put a damper on the Patriots hopes as on the first play from scrimmage he ran the ball 64-yards for his last touchdown of the game. Tompkins extra point was again good and it had taken the Eagles only 23 seconds to go up 49-16.
DAR scored a final time but the Eagles had the game wrapped up.