The SoBoCo Eagles overcame their first quarter jitters and delivered 21 unanswered points in the second quarter for a commanding halftime lead.
SoBoCo quarterback Spencer Taggart found Sam Stichnote in the end zone for another TD on initial drive of the third quarter and the Eagles rolled to a 48-20 win.
SoBoCo, 1-0 to start the season, travels to Wright City next week for a district game before starting their Tri-County Conference schedule.
Taggart could not find a receiver three throws of the game before hitting Kolton Schupp late in the first quarter. But Taggart was more than accurate enough the rest of the game.
He was 18-of-32 in passing for 279 yards, four TDs and no interceptions.
The Thunderbirds stacked the box in anticipation of a Tanner Smith-Jackson Sartain-Colby Phillips running game. But when the T-birds contained Phillips to the outside and stopped Smith in just three yards, Taggart spread out the offense and had a number of open receivers.
“Once he got hit a couple of times, Spencer gained confidence in himself and his line and he did a good job of getting the ball to multiple receivers,” said Eagles coach Trent Tracy.
The Eagles running game only gained 125 yards in 32 carries among five running backs, but two long carries were called back due to penalties.
Stichnote went high in the air to grab a pass for 22 yards late in the first quarter to get the Eagles to the North Callaway 23-yard line. He then hit Schupp on a 2nd & 20 play that put the Eagles on the 13-yard line, leading to Tanner Smith’s 3-yard dive for the first score.
Schupp gathered in a Taggart pass in the flat two possessions later and picked his way down the sideline for a 29-yard scored to give the Eagles a 14-0 lead.
After stopping the Thunderbirds and time slipping away in the first half, the Eagles went 27-yards in five plays with Taggart hitting Clay Jeffrey for a 17-yard scored with 56-seconds left in the half.
~ Get more on the season opener in today’s Journal ~