Eagle rally overwhelms Spring Garden

The Appalachian Eagles spotted visiting Spring Garden a 14-0 lead and then scored 31-unanswered points to down the Panthers 31-14 to win the seasonopener last Friday night.

A pair of early interceptions set up the Panthers for two first-quarter scores and a 14-0 lead after one quarter.

However, the Eagle piled up 24 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 24-14 advantage to the locker room.

Ben Lacks started the Eagle scoring when he dropped a Panther running back in the end zone for a safety.

On the ensuing free kick, Dylan Schumann broke loose and scored on a 62-yard return.

The Eagle defense came up with a stop and Jeremy Hill finished off the next Eagle possession with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Cox. Hill found Jacob Chappelle for the two point conversion and the Eagles were up 17-14 with 4:41 left in the first half.

Appalachian increased the lead on the next drive when Esgar Covarrubias scored on a 30-yard sprint.

The only points in the second half came early in the third quarter when John Ferrara capped off an Eagle scoring drive with a three-yard run.

The Eagle defense limited the Panthers to just 127 yards on the ground (on 47 attempts) and 72 yards through the air.

The Appalachian passing game hit on just 2 of 8 through the air for 12 yards and two interceptions.

The Eagle running game picked up 170 yards with Schumann leading the home team with 93 yards on just eight attempts. Tonny Strickland had eight carries for 25 yards and Zach Blythe added 21 yards on just three attempts.

Blythe led the Eagle defense with 13 tackles and a sack.