Eagles take on Magnolia Panthers

Crossett Eagle Tristian Smith takes on a Magnolia Panther during the Eagles’ game Friday. The final score was 16-6 in Magnolia’s favor. Inset, Carlos Williams dodges a Panther defender and moves the ball down the field. (VAL GAUGHT/News Observer)

The Crossett Eagles struggled to get going Friday night and lost their first game at home to the Magnolia Panthers. 

The teams went back and forth in the first quarter with no score. Magnolia got deep in Crossett territory on their first drive of the game, but fumbled around the 25 yard line, turning the ball over. 

Crossett made it to the red zone and attempted a field goal but missed it. 

In the second quarter, the Panthers blocked an Eagle punt and put two points on the board with a safety, making the score 2-0 with 7:19 to play until the half. 

Magnolia started another drive, but a fumble turned the ball back over to Crossett. 

The Eagles slowly moved the ball to Panther territory. 

Crossett first and 10 on the Magnolia 13 and Tyrique Jones ran it in to the four yard line. Jackson Moore ran it into the end zone on the next play to give the Eagles the lead 6-2 with around five minutes to play in the half. 

It took Magnolia 11 plays, but the Panthers made it to the end zone as well, giving them eight. They topped it off with an extra point kick to make the score 9-6 at the half. 

The Eagles came out after the half and were unable to make anything happen, but the Eagle defense held on. The third quarter was scoreless. 

Just as the clock rolled into the fourth quarter, the Panthers got another touchdown and PAT, making the score 16-6. 

The Eagles drove the ball to the Magnolia 30, but an interception turned the ball back over the Panthers.

Magnolia took their time driving the ball on the next drive, but after 12 plays they fumbled on the Crossett 19, giving the Eagles the ball back. 

The Crossett offense returned to the field with a little more than a minute on the clock,but were unable to move the ball. 

The final score was 16-6. 

The Eagles will travel to McGehee on Friday to face the Owls.

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