The Ezell-Harding football team begins district play this Friday night against the Wildcats of Donelson Christian Academy. The Eagles are coming off back to back losses to open the season against Westmoreland and Grundy County. Last week, the Eagles lost 31-24 against Grundy County, but head coach, Kraig Campbell, saw some areas of improvement with the team “particularly in the areas of tackling and alignments.”
Despite the 0-2 start, there have been some bright spots for the Eagles: Ingram Page has brought in 7 receptions for 165 yds 1 td in the first two games. First year quarterback, Jonah Hedges, has completed 17 of 32 passing for 383 yds and 1 td. Newcomer Kejuan Calloway has 7 touches for 167 yds (rushing / receiving) and 1 td, and senior leader, Eric Baxter, has 23 total tackles to lead the defense.
This season, there have been many changes to the district and region with a significant number of schools jumping to TSSAA Division II. With the addition of these new schools, the districts and regions have been realigned. Coach Campbell remarked that one challenge to the new alignment is having to travel to Chattanooga and Knoxville this season. An additional challenge is the talent level of the teams in the district such as Friendship and DCA as well as MTCS, MJCA, and King’s Academy.
This week, the Eagles take on the Wildcats at home with the kickoff set for 7:00pm. Coach Campbell expects a tough DCA team to come to campus. DCA is currently 2-0 with a huge win over Goodpasture in Week 1, beating them 30-0. “They are very disciplined and well coached and do a great job of executing,” Campbell remarked. He added, “We will have to eliminate the costly mistakes with penalties, missed assignments and alignments, in order to sneak up on them. We are excited about getting better this week. We really need to focus on us more so than the opponent this week.”
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