Eagles down Jets, 40-21

In the NFL the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers have reputations for being rough and rugged.

Part of that comes with the fact that one team has a pirate with an eye patch on the side of their helmet. The other, the city in which it plays is considered hard-nosed and tough.

Another big part comes in the fact that both squads primary uniform color is black.

There’s a bad guy vibe that comes with wearing black uniforms and the Madison-Plains Golden Eagles seemed to play with more of an edge Friday wearing black in its Ohio Heritage Conference opener against visiting Northeastern.

Madison-Plains High School hosted its first-ever “Blackout Game” where they were decked out in new black uniforms with gold letters and black pants. They also wore their customary green-winged helmets. Fans were also encouraged to wear their black too, creating an intimidating environment.

On the field the Eagles for stretches looked dominant, as they scored a rewarding 40-21 league victory.

In the first half Plains scored first on a 1-yard run by senior Chris Coil. The play was set up by a 51-yard pass play from Jarrett Valley to Coil. A 2-point conversion run by Vallery made the score 8-0 Eagles with 5:04 to play in the first quarter.

That margin ballooned to 16-0 when Vallery hooked up with Ryan Bevington on a 25-yard swing pass that resulted in a touchdown. A conversion pass to Coil made it 16-0.

The Jets finally got on the scoreboard midway through the second quarter with a 25-yard pass play of their own, making it 16-7.

Northeastern marched the length of the field late in the second quarter, aided by three major penalties by the Plains defense. Just as if it seemed like the Jets would put points on the scoreboard just before the half the Eagles’ Ian Richards intercepted a pass near the goal line.

“We came out in the second half and made just a couple little adjustments,” Eagles coach Jason Hunt said. “We brought Ryan Bevington off the edge and he had that big strip sack.”

Northeastern scored early in the third quarter to make it 16-14 but Plains answered with 24 unanswered points.

Bevington scored on a touchdown run and also found the end zone on the 2-point try to stretch the lead to 24-14. The senior then came off the edge and got a clean hit on the Jets quarterback Dylon Hand forcing a fumble. Bevington scooped it up and raced 50 yards for another Madison-Plains touchdown. Vallery scooted in on the conversion and it was 32-14.

Vallery concluded the Eagles scoring at the end of the third quarter racing in from 3 yards out.

“I think they got tired,” Hunt said of the Jets. “We felt they had guys cramping up consistently. We didn’t have that. Our guys are in great shape because we run them a lot.

“This was a good win for our team.”

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Madison-Plains’ Jarrett Vallery runs away from a pair of Northeastern defenders during a first-quarter 2-point conversion run.
http://www.madison-press.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/09/web1_Madison-PlainsVallerypiccol.jpgMadison-Plains’ Jarrett Vallery runs away from a pair of Northeastern defenders during a first-quarter 2-point conversion run. Chris Miles | The Madison Press

By Chris Miles


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