By Donica Phifer
New Albany Gazette
BOONEVILLE – It was all about Lamontae Salley.
Eupora’s leading running back ran for 227 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 42-7 win over East Union in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs.
“They are a good team, I knew that they would be,” East Union coach Scott Duley said, “They are a well coached team, and they executed a great game plan.”
The Eagles took a 14-0 advantage after the first quarter.
The Urchins’ lone score coming in the second when Jacob Elder caught the 12 yard pass from quarterback DJ Armstrong, with Eupora striking back two plays later – Salley breaking away for a 60-yard return and the five yards for the touchdown.
“We weren’t very happy with the intensity level of play in the first half, but we responded well in the second half and clicked well offensively. Our running backs ran well, we blocked well and we just functioned well,” Eagles Head Coach Junior Graham says.
Eupora’s offense scored 14 points in three quarters and was held scoreless in the fourth quarter. Corson Gunn and Claude Herard each ran in for two touchdowns, including Gunn’s 21-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Trey Pittman mid-way in the third quarter.
The Eagles advance to the third round, where the Baldwyn Bearcats await.
“We will take it as it happens,” Graham said, “It’s the third round of playoffs, you can’t be too upset about it.”