The eighth-ranked Eagles (6-1, 3-0) scored touchdowns on their first seven possessions and led 42-7 at halftime. Taylor Trammell had 11 carries for 124 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Jake Allen completed 10 of 14 passes for 186 yards, and rushed twice for 22 yards and a score.
“It was 21-0 at the end of the first quarter. That was pretty surprising,” Mount Paran Christian coach Mitch Jordan said. “Fellowship Christian had been playing well and played well in our game. We just made plays offensively.”
Mount Paran collected 350 of its 464 yards of total offense in the first half, and four turnovers from the Paladins (4-3, 1-2) resulted in scores for the Eagles. Reed Massey picked up an interception in the first quarter.
“We didn’t play well in the secondary against Whitefield Academy, so we challenged those guys to come up big (Friday), and they rose to the occasion,” Jordan said. “They were focused (Friday), and it showed.”
The Eagles extended their 21-0 lead into a 28-0 advantage in the second period. Fellowship scored its first touchdown to cut the deficit to 28-7, but the Eagles responded with two touchdowns in the final 4 minutes of the half.
Graham Massey picked up Reed Massey’s blocked punt and scored with 3 minutes remaining until halftime. Mount Paran collected its final first-half touchdown with less than a minute left before intermission.
Offensively, Dorian Walker had 13 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown. Emoni Williams rushed six times for 34 yards and a score, and he also had six catches for 116 yards.
“I feel like we had the advantage, speed-wise, going into the game,” Jordan said. “Emoni had a good game catching the ball, and Jake threw the ball well. The offensive line did a good job blocking, and the team seemed to be in synch.
“It was a well-rounded win, from the offense to the defense. The guys distributed the ball well.”
Mount Paran scored another touchdown in the third period, and Dallas Kepler connected on a 47-yard field goal that gave the Eagles a 52-7 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Chance Hogan recorded a third-quarter interception, and Walker had a pick in the fourth.
Mount Paran played some members of its junior varsity team in the fourth quarter, and Fellowship managed to score 14 points off the reserves, resulting in the final score.
Mount Paran will return to action Friday for a home game with 10th-ranked Mount Pisgah Christian. The Patriots are undefeated at 7-0 and sit 3-0 in Region 6A (B). The winner will take the subregion lead heading into the final week of subregion play.