By Doug Gorman
The North Clayton Eagles built a 30-7 lead at the end of the first half then continued to pour it on in the second half en route to a 56-7 victory against Forest Park Friday night at Twelve Oaks Stadium.
Four different running backs scored touchdowns for the Eagles and sophomore quarterback Morgan Burnett threw touchdowns to three different receivers as the Eagles dominated the game to improve to 3-0.
The sophomores touchdown passes went for 9, 31 and 51 yards.
The loss left Forest Park looking for its first win of the season as the Panthers dropped to 0-3.
North Clayton scored three of its four first half touchdowns on fourth down calls to help build its commanding lead at the end of the first half.
The Eagles out-gained Forest Park 493 to 87 en route to the victory.
Despite the easy win, North Clayton head coach Don Shockley saw some flaws in his team's performance.
"We didn't execute on both sides of the ball at times tonight," said Shockley. "I was scared heading into this week about the mental aspect of the game and it just wasn't there at times tonight. We dropped some passes and had some penalties."
The Eagles built a 8-0 lead just 8:07 into the game when Burnett put together a run that drew comparisons to Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick.
With the Eagles facing a fourth-situation, Burnett scrambled around hoping to find a wide receiver. As the pocket collapsed, North Clayton's sophomore quarterback broke away on a 37 sprint for the first score.
North Clayton increased the lead to 16-0 at the 1:45 mark of the first quarter when Burnett hit Terrence Smith on a 9-yard TD pass.
Forest Park turned its most electrifying play of the night on its next series when quarterback Darryl Miller called his own number and raced up the middle untouched on a 46-yard scamper.
Later in the half, Miller also had an interception for Forest Park, killing one of the Eagles' in the red zone.
A 31-yard TD pass from Burnett to Anthony Bowden on fourth down and long gave the Eagles a 24-7 lead.
Late in the second quarter, Winston Bowens scored on a 52-yard run to give the Eagles the 31-7 lead at the break.
The Eagles scored three TDS in the first nine minutes of the second half to add to their lead. Derrick Matthews opened the half with a 54-yard run just two plays into the first series of the third quarter.
Bowens raced 60-yards for his second score of the night, this time on defense after he picked off a deflected Forest Park pass and took it back the distance.
"Winston Bowens had a great game," said Shockley. " He is one of our leaders."
Burnett's 51-yard pass to Dirk Engram and Antwon Jackson's 1-yard scamper rounded out the scoring.