Special to The Sun
The Oklahoma Christian Academy Eagles earned their third victory of the season after defeating the Macomb Hornets 48-0 Friday at Eagles Field in Edmond.
The Eagles didn’t waste any time on their first possession. Running back Chase Yager took the first carry of the game 52 yards and galloped into the end zone to give OCA the first score of the contest.
It wasn’t long before the Eagles struck again. After forcing the Hornets into a turnover on downs, OCA came out firing. Two passes from quarterback Adam Jacob hit the turf, but on third-and-10 from the Macomb 30-yard line Yager busted off a 17-yard run to keep the Eagles’ second drive alive. Three plays later Matt Lowe rumbled into the end zone and after the PAT the Eagles owned a 16-0 lead.
OCA’s defense stymied the Hornets offense on their second drive. The Hornets didn’t gain a yard after three plays and on the fourth play of the drive Adam Jacob picked off a pass and returned it 45 yards for the Eagles’ third score of the game. After the PAT the Eagles marched back to the sidelines with a 24-0 lead.
Macomb tried to answer on the following drive, but was once again forced into a three-and-out. The Hornets punted from their own 23, but only advanced the punt 15 yards to the 38-yard line, giving OCA excellent field position for their next drive.
The Eagles drove down to Macomb’s 11-yard line on their following possession. However, after an incompletion from Jacob to Nathaniel Garner, OCA turned the ball over on downs, the first time Macomb kept the Eagles out of the end zone all game.
After another three-and-out by Macomb, the Eagles once again wasted little time getting back on the board. Jacob connected with Ryan Ragusa for a 36-yard touchdown pass on the first play of OCA’s fourth drive of the game. Jacob finished the game 8-of-16 for 104 yards and one touchdown. After the failed PAT the Eagles led 30-0.
OCA got the ball back after another four-and-out forced by their defense. OCA gave up just nine yards through the air and 35 on the ground for the game and forced Macomb into six straight four-and-outs before the Hornets earned their first of two first downs.
The Eagles again put the ball in the end zone on the first play of their next drive. Yager took the first snap 40-yards for OCA’s sixth score of the game. After a second straight missed PAT, the Eagles commanded a 36-0 lead.
OCA put one more score on the board before halftime. After starting from Macomb’s 29-yard line, the Eagles moved down to the two-yard line setting up a Cody Poinsett touchdown run. OCA went into halftime with a 42-0 lead.
After forcing another four-and-out on Macomb’s final drive, the Eagles scored again. Garner replaced Jacob at quarterback and after collecting two first downs he hit Jake Rowley for a 17-yard touchdown pass to end the game early at 48-0.
“We worked really hard this past summer at finding our team’s strength,” OCA head coach Trey Sanchez said after the game. “Our strength is one-on-one matchups. Our quarterbacks have done a good job making reads and our receivers have done a good job catching the ball.”
OCA’s offense totaled 297 yards while their defense held the Hornets to just 44 yards. Yager, Regusa, Garner and Poinsett led the Eagles with seven tackles apiece.
“We’ve been looking for that shutout all season from our defense,” Sanchez said. “We’ve won some good games, but it’s good for the kids to see that when they play assignment football we can shut teams out.”
“I think we’re moving in a good direction as a program. Two of our losses are close games, but even with the extra losses our kids are realizing we’re heading in the right direction.”
The Eagles moved to 3-4 after the victory and will travel to Paoli to take on the Paoli Pugs on Oct. 18. OCA returns home on Oct. 26 to host the Fox Foxes at Eagles Field.