Eagles aren't extinct just yet
Fri. October 25, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. | By By Marty Simpkins | StarNews Intern | email@example.com
East Bladen's Farrell Murchison (left) goes for the tackle against Wallace-Rose Hill's Kiese Ashe on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. (Photo by Jason A. Frizzelle)
ELIZABETHTOWN | East Bladen used its big running backs to upset Wallace-Rose Hill on Friday night and snap the Bulldogs' six-game unbeaten streak, 36-28.
The Eagles picked up their third consecutive Four County Conference win mostly behind the one-two combo of Farrell Murchison and Jaylan Herring.
"Farrell's got his little brother in front blocking for him, so that helps also," says East Bladen coach Robbie Priest. "It wasn't just Farrell tonight, but it was everybody. We've got a lot of hard workers and good things come to them.
"Jaylan may be the hardest-working kid I know. He's a quiet leader for us. He doesn't say much and does his job. Tonight, he didn't give up, so I was pleased to see him play well."
East Bladen dominated time of possession throughout the game, but the biggest play came through the air, when Murchison caught a 15-yard pass for a touchdown before halftime.
"I thought that the third down and longs and the fourth down and longs really killed us," Wallace-Rose Hill coach Joey Price said.
"On that one play before halftime, we kept hitting Murchison, but he just kept going and scored on us. That was the biggest play that hurt us the most."
Murchison finished the game with 222 all-purpose yards and four total touchdowns. It was his running and East Bladen's defense that secured the upset.
"Our defense has come a long way," said Priest. "We're not a finished product by any means, but we're working hard and having fun. We've had some of our junior varsity boys move up and it's all coming together now I guess."
The Eagles sealed the win as Wallace-Rose Hill drove down the field at the end of the game and senior Jaquan Jones made a diving interception.
"We watched a lot of film to prepare for that play," said Priest. "We knew Joey Price was going to call it and Jaquan is a great athlete. He sat on the pass and it went just like it did in practice."
Wallace-Rose Hill (7-2, 4-1) will look to jump back against Pender at home next Friday, while East Bladen (4-5, 3-2) will travel to Union that same night.