Eagles butt billies with shutout victory

Crossett Eagle Jackson Moore moves the football down the field in the game against the Monticello Billies.  The game was so one-sided that the mercy rule went into effect in the fourth quarter.

The Crossett Eagles shut out the Monticello Billes with a 45-0 victory Friday night

DeAndre Webb scored the first two touchdowns of the night.

Early in the second quarter, freshman Denzel Watkins recovered a fumble that set Willie Taylor up to score the third touchdown early in the second quarter.

The score was 18-0 at the half.

After the half, freshman Dewayne Ashford caught a pass in the end zone for another six points, but the two- point attempt was no good, making the score 24 to 0.

The Eagles kicked to the Billies, but the Eagle defense held them to a punt and the Eagles took over in their own territory.

Quarterback Justin Stokes threw a pass from around the 20 yard line to Dewayne Ashford midfield. It looked like Ashford bobbled the pass, but he gained control and ran it all the way in for another Eagle touchdown.

The score was 30-0 with around two minutes to play in the third quarter.

The Eagles held the Billies to a punt again, only this time the Eagles managed to get a safety. The Billies were punting from deep in their own territory and the ball went down in their own end zone.

Willie Taylor scored another touchdown, and Chase Rice’s kick was good making the score 39-0 and putting the mercy rule into play during the fourth quarter.

The Eagles kicked the ball back to Monticello, but Desmond Harris intercepted the ball deep in Billies’ territory and ran it almost back to the endzone. Amaru Gibbs scored the final touchdown and the score was 45-0 with less than two minutes on the clock.

The team said they are finally starting to click as a team and becoming more confident.

“We are passing the ball more, and I think we are getting more comfortable working as a team,” Webb said.

Stokes completed 11 passes for 247 yards and four touchdown passes. Webb, Taylor, and Ashford each scored two touchdowns and Gibbs scored one.

The coaches named Dewayne Ashford with Player of the Game, Matt Goodwin with offensive lineman of the week.

On defense, Deraymond Herman and Kantrell Williams each had ten tackles. Deuce Hall and Lamonte Gillum each had eight. Hall was also awarded Stick of the Week.

Denzel Watkins and Dwight Ashford each recovered a fumble and Desmond Harris got an interception.

This was Watkins’ debut game on the high school team, Coach Sonny Nason pulled him from the junior high team on Monday.

“They told me on Monday and I couldn’t stop smiling.” Watkins said.

Watkins said it felt good to be out there and he felt like he was mixing in well with his new teammates.

“It’s different, but I like it,” Watkins said.

Goodwin said having Herman back this week after injury made a difference.

“The defense studied more this week and they worked hard, but Deeray is definitely a key player and him being back out there definitely made an impact,” Goodwin said.

The Eagles will travel to Hamburg on Friday to compete in the Ashley Bowl against their rivals, the Hamburg Lions.

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