Sumiton takes battle of Eagles

The visiting Appalachian Eagles rallied from a two-touchdown, halftime deficit to take a fourthquarter lead but couldn’t hold on as Sumiton Christian rallied for a 24-20 victory last Friday night. Sumiton Christian improved to 2-0 overall and 2-0 in 1A Region 6 while Appalachian dropped to 0-2 overall, 0-2 in the region.

Sumiton Christian dominated early and led 14-0 after the first quarter and maintained the twotouchdown advantage at the half.

Appalachian got back in the game in the third quarter when Chris Cornelius blocked a Sumiton punt.

James McMunn scored from 10 yards out on the next play and Appalachian trailed just 14-6 after the 2-point conversion failed.

Sumiton Christian increased their lead to 17-6 late in the third quarter after a 33-yard field goal from Trey Collins.

Appalachian got a 33-yard touchdown pass from McMunn to Oziel Maldonado and then a 25-yard run from McMunn in the fourth quarter and the Eagles seized a 20-17 lead with just 5:34 to play when McMunn hit Austin Fontaine grabbed the conversion pass.

However, Sumiton mounted an eight-play, 63- yard drive with what turned out to be the gamewinning points coming on a 1-yard run by Kori Evans.

Appalachian had one last shot with a little more than a minute to play but the Eagles turned the ball over on a fumble.

Sumiton Christian picked up 276 yards of offense – 166 on the ground;110 through the air – while Appalachian had 201 yards – 119 on the ground; 82 through the air.

McMunn led the Eagles with 105 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 19 carries.

He also completed 9 of 16 passes for 82 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Maldonado caught two passes for 38 yards and a ouchdown while Cornelius, Fontaine, and Zac Stack each had a pair of receptions.

Cornelius and Briar Crowe each had seven tackles to lead the Appalachian defense.