By Bob Jones
Special to the Daily
The eagle is the national bird, right?
Protected by law from being abused or attacked, right?
All good Patriots honor the eagle as the national bird and treat it with total respect, right?
The Patriots from Sandy Creek, however, disrespected and attacked and abused the Golden Eagles of Eagle's Landing last night by a score of 51-0.
Last year's Class AAAA state champs showed no mercy, humbling Eagle's Landing early and often.
The visitors built a 27-0 lead after one period and led 41-0 at halftime, prompting the mercy rule of running clock for the whole second half.
This was the first 4-AAA game of 2010 for each team, and it marked the 16th consecutive victory over two seasons for Sandy Creek.
The Golden Eagles (0-3 overall) made it easy for their guests, coughing up the ball four times in their own territory in the first period, and Sandy Creek knew how to handle the short field. Running back Derrick Alexander nearly scored on the opening kickoff, carrying 25 yards before falling down on his own.
After a 49-yard pass from quarterback Ronnie Bell to Alex Chisum, Alexander scored on the next play on an 11-yard run.
The game was just 49 seconds old and the score was 7-0.
The combination of Bell-to Chisum clicked for six after the Golden Eagles second lost fumble.
Then Mike Hilton broke a fullback draw up the middle for a 53-yard score with 2:41 left in the first.
The Patriots next scooped up a fumble and took it to the house for the 27-0 lead after just 12 minutes.
Eagle's Landing had no first downs and only 21 yards of offense in the first period.
Quarterback Tyler Teknipp had a pass intercepted just before the end of the period, and the Patriots scored on the first play of the second, with Bell tossing his second TD pass of the evening, this one a 16-yarder to C.J. Washington.
Sandy Creek scored once more on a 20-yard run by Alexander before Eagle's Landing managed its first first down on a plunge by Teknipp.
Then Teknipp hit consecutive passes to Chasten Burns for 9 yards and to Josh Dixon for 22, and the Golden Eagles had their deepest penetration into Sandy Creek territory of the evening at the Patriot 34.
The Golden Eagles stalled and ran out of downs, and the game was, for all intents and purposes, over.
Mitchell McMillan hit a 27-yard field goal in the third for Sandy Creek, and Michael Powell intercepted a Teknipp pass, returning it 40 yards for a TD in the fourth.
Bell, despite inconsistencies in his accuracy, hit 6 of 9 passes for 108 yards and two scores for the Patriots. Alexander rushed 6 times for 58 yards and two TDs.
For the Golden Eagles, Teknipp connected with cousin Bill Teknipp four times for 20 yards, and completed 8 of 18 passes for a total of 70 yards on the night. Frequently, the Patriot defense had Teknipp running for his life, and the results were not favorable very often. Chey Walton was the defensive leader for Eagle's Landing with eight tackles.