Sumiton Christian wins battle of Eagles over Appalachian
by Buddy Sparkman
Sep 08, 2012 | 1085 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sumiton Christian quarterback Austin Clark looks for running room against Appalachian during their game Friday. Photo by: Jeff Johnsey
Sumiton Christian quarterback Austin Clark looks for running room against Appalachian during their game Friday. Photo by: Jeff Johnsey
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SUMITON — The Sumiton Christian Eagles welcomed the Appalachian Eagles Friday night for a regional tilt at Sumiton Field.

Sumiton Christian jumped out early and led 14-0 at the half, but had to come from behind late to pull out a hard fought 24-20 win.

Sumiton Christian (2-0, 2-0) opened the scoring on their first possession of the game as quarterback Austin Clark connected with DeMonte Hobbs for a 30 yard scoring strike. Trey Collins PAT made it 7-0. Appalachian couldn’t get anything going offensively in the first half having 3-three and outs and two interceptions on five possessions.

Clark wrapped up the first half scoring as the Eagles put together a 55 yard, 3 play drive as he scored on a 5 yard run. Collins again was good to take the Eagles to the locker room leading 14-0.

The second half provided a wake up call for Appalachian as quarterback James McMunn got it going. Sumiton Christian went three and out on its first possession and on fourth down Appalachian blocked the Eagle punt and recovered it at the 9 yard line. It took McMunn one play to get into the end zone on a 9 yard run. The try for 2 failed and Appalachian trailed 14-6.

Sumiton Christian’s next possession resulted in a fumble. Appalachian, however, was unable to cash in and again punted the ball back to the Eagles at their 24.

From there Sumiton Christian mounted an eight play 76 yard drive that stalled at the 16 yard line.

rey Collins came on and connected on a 33 yard field goal for a 17-6 lead. Appalachian came right back again to begin the fourth quarter as McMunn hit a streaking Crescencio Maldanado down the right sideline for a 33 yard score. The 2 point play again failed, drawing the Eagles to within 17-12.

Following another Sumiton punt, Appalachian (0-2, 0-2) quickly struck again as McMunn ripped off a 25 yard run. This time the 2 point conversion was good to give the Eagles their first lead of the game at 20-17.

Sumiton Christian got the ball back with 3 minutes left in the game at their own 37 yard line and rode the legs of Clark and Hobbs on an eight play 63 yard game winning drive capped by a Kori Evans 1 yard run. Collins PAT sealed the final at 24-20 for Sumiton Christian.

Appalachian had one last chance with just over a minute to play, but McMunn fumbled trying for extra yardage to end the Eagles final hope.

For the game DeMonte Hobbs led Sumiton Christian with 102 yards rushing and 60 yards receiving to go along with two interceptions.

Evans also added 42 yards rushing. Appalachian was led by McMunn who rushed for 88 yards and two scores and passed for 87 yards and a score. Sumiton travels to Arley next week to take on the Meek Tigers, while Appalachian entertains Falkville.