[ Cameron Knupp | WOUB ]

Eastern Eagles’ new coach starts off the season with a monumental win

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BIDWELL, Ohio (WOUB) — The first Friday of football for the Eastern Eagles and the River Valley Raiders kicked off on the Raiders side of the field.

It quickly changed when Eastern’s wide receiver Gavin Murphy intercepted a tipped pass and ran it all the way to the Raiders endzone. That gave the Eagles an early lead and momentum that would last the whole game.

With Eastern up 6-0, River Valley set out to make up for lost yards. They showed powerful offensive movement in the possession following the Eastern touchdown, but they didn’t make it past fourth down.

The Eagles had the final say in the first quarter. In the last three minutes, Brady Yonker Eastern’s quarterback and kicker, picked up a dropped snap during a punt attempt and ran for a first down.

The Eagles journey to the Raiders endzone immediately continued in the second quarter. Eastern’s running back Gavin Smith punched the ball in from one yard away, giving his team the cushion of another touchdown.

The Eagles then went for a two-point conversion attempt, and they ran it in successfully. With eleven minutes left in the first half Eastern was up 12-0.

When halftime arrived, the score was still 12-0. When the two teams entered the third quarter, they found themselves in an offensive stalemate.

The movement and playmaking that was present in the first half flickered for the two teams in the second.

Each team found the endzone one more time in the last half, but it didn’t matter. The team effort from the Eastern Eagle’s on defense and offense allowed them to secure their win in the first half.

The final score was 21-6, an Eagles victory. Eastern plays the Symmes Valley Vikings on August 26. The River Valley Raiders play their next game against the South Gallia Rebels, also on August 26