CENTER POINT — The slight breeze scattered the orange leaves onto the turf at Center Point High School Field like confetti for the Eagles, who defeated Mortimer Jordan 43-31 on Friday night.
The Region 6 game was a battle for the third seed in the quickly approaching playoffs. Friday nights' clash evens the two squads up at 4-3 in league play, with the head-to-head advantage going to Center Point. The Eagles have secured the three seed followed by Jordan filling the fourth slot; they will travel to McAdory for the first playoff round.
The Blue Devils offense came out hot early, as their first two drives ended in the end zone. Quarterback Devlin Hodges had the Jordan offense rolling over the Eagles when running back Dee Merriweather scored on a one-yard rush.
“The first two drives we were moving the ball and we had momentum,” said Blue Devil running back Landon Smith.
The Jordan offense took the field for their second drive with a similar destination in mind. Hodges found a wide-open Smith for a 59-yard touchdown reception off a play-action pass. Center Point blocked both extra points and got a touchdown of their own, making the score 12-6 Jordan in the first period.
The skill players on the perimeter ended up being the demise of the Devils. Center Point quarterback Keilan Knight used his talented wide-outs to exploit the Jordan secondary. Sherman Starks, Xavier Perkins and Terrance Bunch consistently beat the Devils' corners in one-on-one coverage.
“They sure threw the ball well to [Perkins] and [Starks] and they played a great game for Center Point,” said Jordan head coach Greg Watts.
With three minutes remaining in the first quarter, Knight responded to Jordan’s opening drive with a touchdown of his own to Starks from the 9-yard line. Jordan got a strong push up front to block the extra point.