It was all Mount Paran (2-0), which led 21-0 at halftime and then proceeded to take advantage of several Whitefield turnovers to score 28 more points in the third quarter to seal the win.
“It was a hard-fought game,” Mount Paran Christian coach Mitch Jordan said. “It’s a rivalry game. Whitefield came out playing hard and we got rolling on offense. Our depth helps us a lot and that helps us early in the season, especially on these warmer nights.”
Dorian Walker led the way for the Eagles on both offense and defense. Walker rushed for 138 yards on 22 carries and four touchdowns, while getting one interception.
Mount Paran scored on the first offensive possession of the game, capping off a 16-play, 72-yard drive that lasted about eight minutes with a 10-yard touchdown run by Taylor Trammell and a extra-point kick by Jake Mezei to take a 7-0 lead with 3:54 remaining in the first quarter.
After forcing Whitefield (0-1) to punt, the Eagles took seven plays to score this time as Walker burst into the end zone on a 3-yard run and Mezei added the extra point to increase the lead to 14-0 with 11:54 left in the first half.
Mount Paran once again forced Whitefield to punt on the ensuing series and again took advantage of it as Walker went on to score on a 6-yard run and Mezei kicked the extra point with 8:47 left in the half to make it 21-0.
Whitefield managed to drive deep into Mount Paran territory on the next series, aided by two personal foul penalties and a pass interference call on the Eagle defense that helped move the Wolfpack to the Eagle 29-yard line with 4:03 left in the first half.
However, that was as far as Whitefield would get as it fumbled the ball and Mount Paran recovered it at its own 34 with 3:51 left.
The Wolfpack received the opening kickoff in the second half, but soon gave the ball up as Walker intercepted a pass from quarterback Carson Brown and took it to the Whitefield 30 with 10:33 remaining in the third quarter.
Walker proceeded to put together runs of 3 and 25 yards to set up a 2-yard touchdown run and an extra point by Mezei with 9:49 left to increase the Eagles’ lead to 28-0.
Mount Paran got the ball right back as Graham Massey intercepted a pass by Brown on the first play of Whitefield’s offensive series and took the ball to the Wolfpack 33 with 8:30 remaining.
It only took two plays for the Eagles to score as a 25-yard run by Emoni Williams set up an 8-yard score by Walker and an extra-point kick by Mezei to make it 35-0 with 8:16 left in the third quarter.
Whitefield gave the ball up once again on the next series as Mount Paran recovered a fumble on the Wolfpack 10 with 8:10 left.
Two plays later, Williams scored on an 8-yard run with 7:48 remaining in the third quarter. Mezei added the extra-point kick to increase the Eagles’ advantage to 42-0.
Another Whitefield turnover led to yet another Mount Paran touchdown on the first play of the ensuing series as Nolan Sullivan intercepted a pass by Sky Dupree and ran the ball 22 yards for a score, with Mezei kicking the extra point to make it 49-0 with 7:13 left.
The Wolfpack got on the scoreboard towards the end of the third quarter as they scored on a safety after a botched punt snap with 2:04 remaining and on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Dupree to Seth Jackson, with Matthew Olson kicking the extra point, with 1:34 left.