Three second-half touchdowns gave the East Bladen Eagles a 28-0 win over the West Bladen Knights in a non-conference football game played at East Bladen Friday night.
Even though the Eagles held only an 8-0 lead at Halftime, East Bladen dominated the game most of the night.
A fumble return by James Lee late in the second quarter that could have tied the game resulted in what looked to be a touchdown being called back because of a penalty.
Lee picked up an East Bladen fumble and raced 90 yards in to the end zone, but the run was called back because of a clipping penalty.
In the first half, East Bladen rolled up 177 yards on offense-162 yards on the ground and 12 in the air.
The Knights had 51 yards offense in the first half-50 yards on the ground and one yard passing.
The Eagles took the opening kickoff and mounted a six-play, 79-yard scoring drive. Kevin Richardson, who finished the night with 130 yards on 11 carries, had three carries for 60 yards on the scoring drive.
The touchdown came on a 37-yard run by Richardson. He also ran the two-point conversion, giving East Bladen an 8-0 lead with 9:34 remaining in the first quarter.
East Bladen fullback Dallas Whittington missed the second half of the game with an ankle injury. He carried the ball seven times for 11 yards in the first half.
Both teams were hampered by injuries. Eagle quarterback D.J. Meshaw didn't play in the first half, and backup quarterback A.J. Lee is still out with an injury. Teffery McKoy handled the quarterback duties in the first half for East Bladen.
The Knights were playing without Catlin McKiver. McKiver, who may be out the rest of the season, is one of West Bladen's top players on both sides of the ball.
Michael Melvin paced the Knights running game with 41 yards on 13 carries, and quarterback Ian Perkins had 12 carries for 35 yards. Seven of his carries were for minus yardage after being thrown for losses on pass attempts.
Perkins completed 2-of-8 passes for four five yards. McKoy completed 1-of-1 passes for 12 yards and Meshaw completed 2-of-3 passes for 36 yards.
Perkins raced for 42 yards on the first play from scrimmage following the Eagles touchdown, but three plays later James Graham fell on a Knight fumble as East Bladen gained control of the ball at the Eagles' 26.
The two teams exchanged punts before the Eagles mounted a drive that carried the ball to West Bladen's eight before Lee scooped the fumble and returned it the 90 yards.
The Eagles moved the ball to West Bladen's 22 on their final possession of the first half before West Bladen's Sam Lewis recovered a fumble.
West Bladen took the opening kickoff of the second half and two plays later T.C. McKoy strips the ball from Melvin and dashed 40 yards for a touchdown. The extra point attempt failed leaving the Eagles with a 14-0 lead with 11:04 remaining in the third quarter.
East Bladen mounted another scoring drive late in the third quarter following a West Bladen punt.
East Bladen took control of the ball on West Bladen's 27. Four plays later Derrick Jones scored on a nine-yard run. Meshaw kicked the extra point giving East Bladen a 21-0 lead as time expired in the third quarter.
West was forced to punt following three downs on its next possession and two plays later the Eagles upped the score to 28-0.
On first down Meshaw passed to Maurice Harvey for 27 yards and on the next play Richardson scored from 18 yards out. Meshaw kicked the extra point. The touchdown came with 9:28 left in the game.
East Bladen remained undefeated, upping its record to 4-0. The Eagles are scheduled to travel to Clinton Friday night.
With the loss, West Bladen saw its record fall to 2-2. The Knights are scheduled to travel to South Columbus Friday night.