The Eagles took down the visiting Bobcats 36-7 in the regular season opener, with 26 of their points coming in the second half.
“I can’t say enough about the kids and their execution (as well as) the coaching staff just buying in to what we’re doing offensively,” Mount Paran Christian coach Mitch Jordan said. “I think we caught them by surprise (Friday).”
The Eagles were sluggish the first time they took the field, but they hit their stride after the Bobcats failed to convert a 43-yard field goal on their opening drive.
Dorian Walker took his first carry 55 yards, setting up a 10-yard touchdown run by sophomore Taylor Trammell.
The Bobcats had no answer for the Eagles’ new spread offense, falling behind by two touchdowns early in the second quarter. Our Lady of Mercy looked to be building momentum late in the half, but an interception by the Eagles’ Graham Massey stalled it, leading to the Eagles’ third unanswered touchdown with a 36-yard pass to Trammell getting the score.
Trammell finished the night with 141 all-purpose yards, one rushing touchdown and one interception. Emoni Williams, who served as the home-run threat, caught four passes for 133 yards and three touchdowns.
Including Walker, Jordan said his skill position players made his job easier Friday night.
“With those three guys we’ve got a lot of speed on the edge, and it makes you a lot smarter of a coach,” he said.
Our Lady of Mercy’s lone score came on a 100-yard kick return by senior Christian Coleman late in the third quarter.
The Bobcats recovered the ensuing onside kick but turned it over on downs after just four plays.
Offensive shutout aside, Jordan was more focused on the errors his team made. The Eagles were flagged 11 times – seven in the second half alone.
“You can’t win football games with penalties like that. We can’t stand for that,” he said. “You’ll lose a close football game if you’re penalized like that.”
Regardless of the accumulated laundry, Mount Paran’s head coach is optimistic with what this group can accomplish.
“We’ve got a special team and a special energy, and it’s always good to be 1-0,” Jordan said.