Unfortunately, the Eagles just got more of the same.
Mount Paran had four fumbles in the second half and allowed Landmark Christian to rally for a 28-10 victory on Friday. The Eagles had led 10-7 as late as the closing moments of the third quarter.
“(It was) the same thing in the first two games,” Mount Paran coach Mitch Jordan said. “They had a costly turnover and they just got worn down a little bit.”
Landmark led 14-10, but just 38 seconds into the fourth quarter another fumble resulted in the game-clinching scoring drive for the War Eagles.
It was a result of Landmark’s size difference, and it allowed the War Eagles to simply wear down the Mount Paran defense.
Keith Johnson was a strong defensive force for the Eagles throughout the game that helped to hold Landmark to those 14 points in the first three quarters. The Mount Paran running game was led by Kyle Trammell who finished the night with 60 yards and a touchdown.
“Kyle Trammell had another great game,” Jordan said. “If they can just give him some room, he runs hard and runs with power and has a lot of passion.
“I think defensively we had some standout efforts. Keith Johnson is always solid.”
The War Eagles quarterback Cole Higbie was responsible for three of the War Eagles’ touchdowns and finished with 54 passing yards and 73 more on the ground.
It was Higbie’s third touchdown of the night that turned out to be the difference maker.
“We’re going to be fine,” said Jordan. “The kids will be motivated next week. We start region play against Trion which is a good rivalry. Their spirits will be up, they’re tough and they work hard. We knew the first three games were going to be tough.”