Sunday, September 4, 2005
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Clayton News Daily
By Lance Field
After limping to a 2-8 record last year and losing several key seniors to college programs such as Georgia Tech, expectations for this year's Eagle's Landing Golden Eagles weren't sky high.
After a 2-0 start, they may be ready to change.
Using a balanced offense and an opportunistic defense the Golden Eagles dominated a smaller but very athletic Carver Columbus squad and cruised to a 29-8 home opening victory.
Special teams play set the tone early as Carver kick returner Malcom Chinn fumbled the opening kickoff and handed the home team and early break giving them possession at the 50 yard line.
Quarterback Marcus Williams quickly capitalized on the turnover, finishing an eight-play first possession with a 2-yard touchdown run and the Golden Eagles led 7-0. The Carver Tigers' offense then answered with an eight-play scoring drive of their own when quarterback Jonathon Baker hit Marcus Wright with a 28-yard touchdown pass. The Tigers then surprised Eagle's Landing completing a 2-point conversion which made the score 8-7.
At that point the Golden Eagles' offense began to assert itself. Using a punishing ground attack featuring senior fullback Willie Tennant and Williams. Eagle's Landing scored on its next two possessions of the first half adding their own 2- point conversion when receiver Johnny Thompson out jumped a defender and made a juggling catch in the end zone. The Golden Eagles took a 22-7 lead into the locker-room at halftime.
Carver head coach Dale McGee watched helplessly as the Eagle's Landing offense took just 5 plays to drive 70 yards and cap the scoring with a 57-yard touchdown pass from Williams to Tennant.
When asked about his quarterback after the game
Eagle's Landing head coach Bob Stinchcomb said "I've been lucky enough to work with Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden and he calls it "it." Whatever 'it' is Marcus Williams has 'it'". On Friday night "it" was a 110-yards passing and 81-yard rushing performance.
The Golden Eagles will look to remain unbeaten as they host Westside Macon next Friday.