The Appalachian Eagles edged the Ragland Purple Devils 20-14 Friday. It was a defensive battle in the first half. Appalachian held Ragland to only six points in the first. The Eagles, however, racked up all 20 of their points in the first half. Noah Harris found Jake Hammond open in the end zone for the Eagles’ first score in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Harris found Hammond open again for a second Eagles’ touchdown bringing the score to 14-6 after a successful PAT from Brandon Atkinson. The Eagles scored one more time in the second. Chase Payne pushed his way into the end zone bringing the score to 20-6 at the half.
The Devils scored one more time in the second half while managing to keep the Eagles out of the end zone for the rest of the game bringing the game to its final score of 20-14 and an Eagles’ victory.
Offensively for the Eagles, Harris went 13-for-24 for 166 yards and two touchdowns. Payne ran 23 times for 172 yards and a touchdown. Hammond caught eight passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns, Paco Jiles caught three passes for 13 yards, and Aiden Driggers caught one pass for 18 yards.
Defensively, Hunter Conn had 12 tackles and one sack; Bryson Seawright had 11 tackles and an interception; Dustin Tuttle had 10 tackles; Braden Tuttle had eight tackles and a sack; Alex Heard had six tackles and a sack; Gabe Smith had seven tackles, a sack, and an interception; and Payne had six tackles.
The Eagles advance to 6-1 on the season. This week they travel to Winterboro (5-3) who are coming off a 14-21 loss to Victory Christian.