By Anthony Rhoads
The Eagle's Landing Golden Eagles trailed Jonesboro 20-10 at halftime Friday night at home but rallied through two second half touchdowns for a 24-20 victory to close out the 2003 season.
"At halftime I told them that in the second half, we scored 24 against Stockbridge and 33 against Morrow," Eagle's Landing head coach Bob Stinchcomb said. "After we made our adjustments, I told the seniors ?It is your team' and I left and let the seniors talk to the team. This night was truly for the seniors. I wish I had these guys for 10 years. This was great for our seniors and it's a stepping stone for our juniors next season."
Eagle's Landing ends the season at 4-6 after going 3-1 in its final four games.
"I was really proud of these guys," Stinchcomb said. "We finally have come together in the last part of the season. This team has played hard and they've shown they have some heart and that's what I like to see."
Eagle's Landing senior backs Drew Glenn and Adarius O'Neal led the Golden Eagles' offensive attack. Glenn gained about 122 yards while O'Neal added 84 yards and a touchdown.
"It is an awesome feeling to go out on a winning note; it was a great team effort," Glenn said. "Our offensive line did a great job tonight. Running the ball is easy but you can't do anything without the offensive line."
Eagle's Landing quarterback Marcus Williams completed just two of his five pass attempts, but one of the completions was huge. With 49 seconds remaining in the half, Williams threw a 78-yard pass to Rashad Smith to bring the score to 12-10, Jonesboro.
But Jonesboro came right back. Jamal Lewis returned the ensuing kickoff 47 yards, and with just under 10 seconds remaining in the half, Garrett Williams hit Lewis with a 32-yard touchdown. Darrell Robertson ran in the 2-point conversion to give Jonesboro a 20-10 lead at the break.
Williams completed 5 of 15 passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns.
But one interception, an errant pass that was picked off by Eagle's Landing senior Tres Moore, was equally costly. It set up a nine-play drive by the Golden Eagles that ended when Marcus Williams scored on a 3-yard run.
"It's just a great feeling to say the least," Moore said. "It feels great; I just don't know what to say. It's great."
With about seven minutes remaining in the third quarter, Smith came up with a key turnover for Eagle's Landing when he recovered a fumble.
On the next play, O'Neal ran 52 yards for a touchdown.
Travon Hardy led Jonesboro in rushing with 64 yards. Lewis caught two passes for 38 yards and Ekpo caught two passes for 33 yards, including a 22-yard TD reception in the second quarter.
Jonesboro took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to two field goals (32, 23 yards) by Patrick Saxby. Early in the second quarter, Evan Kay kicked a 25-yard field goal to cut Jonesboro's lead to 6-3.