By Kedrick Storey
FALKNER – Halloween was definitely a night of horrors for the Falkner Eagles.
The Eagles trailed just 6-0 to the Division 1-1A leading Coffeeville Pirates with just over three minutes to play in the first half on Thursday. Then Coffeeville blocked and returned a Falkner punt for a touchdown, which kicked off an awful turn of events that ended in a 58-0 loss for Falkner.
It was the Eagles’ worse regular season loss since falling to Vardaman 45-0 in 2008 and puts them on the road to start the playoffs.
“We just gave up a big run and a blocked punt, and it just went bad from there,” said first-year Falkne coach Cory Armstrong. “Give Coffeeville credit. They smelled blood in the water and they jumped on it.”
The Pirates (7-3, 7-0) scored three TDs over the final 1 minute and 54 seconds of the half. Falkner (6-4, 5-2) fumbled on back-to-back possessions and Coffeeville converted each into scores, a 15-yard run by Bobby Townsend and a 25-yard scamper by Alex Jones. After a Falkner turnover on downs, Coffeeville’s Antavius Moody rumbled in from 35 yards out as the halftime horn sounded. Coffeeville led 32-0.
Moody, who led all rushers with 97 yards on seven carries, added a pair of third-quarter scores for a 44-0 lead.
“Every game we’ve played in, we’ve started slow. But once we get going, we’re like a locomotive,” said Coffeeville coach Jamal Jackson.
Falkner’s leading rusher, Jeramie Lawrence, was held to a season-low 59 yards on 11 carries. He injured his left leg in the second quarter and did not return.
“Jeramie will have to be evaluated,” added Armstrong. “We’ll give him some rest and get him ready for the playoffs.”
Falkner ends its regular season next Friday at Vardaman.