The Crossett Eagles ended their season on Friday night, but the players and coaches said they are proud to have finished fourth in the state.
Coach Sonny Nason said they will take a short break before getting in gear for next year.
“Today is always the worst day for me because I have to start taking stuff up, and I hate it especially for my seniors, but it won’t be long and we will be right back at it,” Nason said.
The Eagles fell to the Shiloh Christian Saints 49-14 at Yarborough Stadium on Friday night.
The night started with the Saints kicking off to the Eagles, but forcing them to punt after just three plays.
The Eagle defense fought hard, but they couldn’t keep the Saints out of the end zone.
They scored on their first drive in 12 plays.
The Saints were up 13-0 at the end of the first quarter and 35-0 just before the first half ended.
With minutes on the clock, the Eagles were able to get one in the end zone. Quarterback Justin Stokes completed a 43-yard pass to Dewayne Ashford to move Crossett from thier own 17 to the Shiloh 40. He then threw a short pass to Jackson Moore and then a 32-yard pass to Ashford for the touchdown. Chase Rice’s kick was good and the Eagles had seven on the board, pushing off the mercy rule.
Aftter the half, the Saints scored right off the bat and before the third quarter ended the Eagles were trailing 49-7.
The Eagles were able to put another seven on the board when Willie Taylor and Jaylan Lawson moved the ball a few short runs at a time to the Shiloh 24 yard line. Stokes completed a pass to Moore for the touchdown.
Rice’s kick was good and the Eagles had 14 to the Saints’ 49, which turned out to the be the final score of the game.
The Eagles were only one game away from War Memorial this year after starting their season with an 0-3 record. They finished undefeated in conference play and in the top four in state in the 4A division.
“There is still so much to be proud of,” Nason said.
There are a few Eagles who have already received offers from a number of colleges and Nason said he expects more to come.
All-Conference and All-State players will be announced before the month is over.
“We had a good, a great, season really and if I had to say anything about it, I would say I was proud,” Nason said.