Eagles edge Chiefs

Sumiton Christian wins despite five turnovers

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 9/8/17

SUMITON — Sumiton Christian’s Class 1A, Region 7 opener provided a tough challenge, with the Eagles edging the R.A. Hubbard Chiefs 27-26 on Friday at Campbell Field.

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Eagles edge Chiefs

Sumiton Christian wins despite five turnovers

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SUMITON — Sumiton Christian’s Class 1A, Region 7 opener provided a tough challenge, with the Eagles edging the R.A. Hubbard Chiefs 27-26 on Friday at Campbell Field.

The Eagles held the advantage in total yards, 385 to 244, but committed five turnovers that grounded several drives.

Chase Crane connected on 15 of 23 passes for 203 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions — also running for 47 yards on six carries. Top receiver Trevor Stokes grabbed four passes for 114 yards with two touchdowns. Tanner Talley led the ground attack with 24 carries for 154 yards and two touchdowns.

Jeremy Brown led the Eagles defense with eight tackles including seven tackles for a loss, three sacks and a safety.

Sumiton Christian opened the game with an 11-play, 70-yard drive, ending with a 15-yard pass from Crane to Stokes. The missed extra point kick put the Eagles ahead, 6-0.

The Chiefs answered with a four-play, 39-yard drive and converted two points to take command, 8-6.

Late in the first quarter, the Eagles capped a 45-yard drive with a two-yard run by Talley to regain the lead, 13-8.

R.A. Hubbard return a punt 56 yards midway through the second quarter to take control, 14-13, after the two-point conversion failed.

Sumiton Christian ended the second quarter with an 80-yard drive, topped with a 62-yard strike from Crane to Stokes for a 19-14 advantage after the extra point kick was missed.

The Eagles seized momentum to begin the third quarter when Brown recorded a sack for a safety, then followed with a one-yard run by Talley on the short possession to pull further ahead, 27-14 after the extra point kick was missed.

The Chiefs rallied with two drives in the fourth quarter on drives of 35 and 50, but failed to convert two points after both touchdowns, giving the Eagles the 27-26 victory.

Sumiton Christian (2-0, 1-0) continues region play next week on the road against the No. 4 Addison Bulldogs.