Eagles secure playoff berth

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 20, 2007

NEWBERN &8212; The A.L. Johnson Eagles went on the road into hostile territory with their playoff hopes on the line. The Eagles were focused on securing the third-place seed in Region 4 with a chance at seed No. 2 next week with a win over Linden High School.

Sunshine High School&8217;s playoff was already sealed up, they were playing at home and it was homecoming. They weren&8217;t focused on the game, as the final score 22-0 showed.

The Eagles swooped onto the Tiger den and lead the way with their defense that managed to limit Sunshine to only 44 yards rushing in the game. They also managed to keep quarterback Marcus Lee on the run or on his back, destroying any Sunshine passing game.

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The offenses for both teams got out to a slow start, and neither were consistently dominant during the course of the game, though Sunshine never managed to completely shut down the Eagles. The Eagles managed to overcome the offensive morass in the first quarter off of the only pass of three thrown by Courtney Peterson that was completed.

And the completed screen behind the line of scrimmage managed to turn up a 28-yard touchdown run by Alphonse Steele, who scored three times on the night and ran a team high 120 yards off 11 carries. Most of Steele, and the rest of the Eagles&8217; success came on the perimeter.

And once it started it didn&8217;t stop.

After the first score no other points were put on the board until last in the final quarter when, after swapping turnovers and another Eagles defensive stop, the A.L. Johnson offense marched 45 yards for a 9-yard TD by Steele with 4:58 to go. After a kickoff that spotted the Tigers at their own 6-yard line, the Eagles again put up points with a quarterback sack safety by Eddie Custard and Kendarius Fritts on the first play of the drive.

After a punt from Sunshine, The Eagles finished off end zone trips with a 34-yard run from Steele on the team&8217;s third play of the drive.