MOUNTAIN PINE — Mountain Pine moved into a tie for second place in 5-2A Conference on Friday night with a 41-14 romp over Conway Christian.
Danville took a solid hold on first place with a victory over Little Rock Lutheran. The rest of the standings got more jumbled. Cutter Morning Star (2-1, 3-2) shook things up with an 18-7 victory over Two Rivers, which went into the game undefeated and fell to 3-1, all conference games.
The Eagles (3-3, 3-2) now face a pivotal homecoming game next week against defending champion Bigelow (1-3, 2-4).
"We got our tails whipped," said CCS coach Chuck Speer after the loss to the Red Devils, who built a 21-6 lead after a quarter and led 28-6 at the half. "We did all right at first. They scored, and we scored. Then, they scored. We got a penalty. They scored and the wheels just fell off.
"They’ve got a good football team. I’m proud that our team fought to the end. We just couldn’t handle their speed and they were physical up front."
The Eagles scored in the first quarter on a 15-yard sweep by Adam Ragland, who rushed for 61 yards on 10 carries.
Kirby Powell connected with Jeremy Jacobs on a 52-yard scoring pass on fourth-and-one in the fourth quarter for the Eagles’ final touchdown.
"They kept coming at us, but we kept competing," Speer said.
CCS was playing without linebacker/tight end Jonathan Watson, who has a broken finger. His status for Friday’s game against Bigelow is not known yet.
Mark Harris led CCS rushers with 72 yards on 12 carries. Bates Isom had 38 yards on seven carries.
"We have to get back on track next week, and we’ve got to get healthy," Speer said.