The Fair Grove Eagles had to travel two hours into Arkansas to find an opponent Friday night, but it was worth it as the Eagles shut out Yellville-Summit 40-0.
Fair Grove was unable to find a ninth opponent throughout the season until late Sunday night and early Monday morning when officials reached an agreement to travel to Arkansas.
“It was chaotic around here Monday because some kids had gone on a FBLA trip,” said Coach Bill Voorhis. The Eagles’ ultimate victory resulted in an 8-1 regular season record and a second seed in the Class 2, District 3 Tournament that starts this Friday night.
In the game at Yellville, where the Eagles once again encountered wet weather, quarterback Rhett Hill had a good night. He completed eight of 13 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns. Two of the TD tosses were to Josh Thompson, who caught two passes for 68 yards.
Elijah Young made one catch for 81 yards and a TD. Cole Gilpin had three receptions for 60 yards and Dominick Hoskins caught two for 30 yards.
“We got off to a slow start Friday night, but picked up steam,” Voorhis said. “We haven’t played on a dry field in three weeks, and we aren’t very good in wet weather.”
Hale Beckley, Young and Garrett Cross each had a rushing touchdown and Bryce Thornton intercepted a pass and returned it to the one-yard line. Cody Gunder and Darin Oplotnik each had a quarterback sack.
Second-seeded Fair Grove will host seventh-seeded Willow Springs, 1-8 Friday.
“They are in a tough conference, so are better than their record shows,” Voorhis said. “They beat Marionville early in the year and they have a big, athletic quarterback who can run or pass.”