Starting conference play with a 42-0 win Friday over Poyen (1-3, 0-1 2A-5) at Mission Field, the Conway Christian (4-0, 1-0 2A-5) posted back-to-back shutouts.

Eagles coach Michael Carter said the defense played about as well as it had thus far in the season.

"Going into the year, I honestly thought our defense would be the strongest part of our game and the offense would take a while to catch up," he said. "Our offense is a little ahead of what I thought it would be at this time and our defense is playing well. I thought our senior linebackers played exceptionally well tonight.

"In our previous games, we’ve had one play well and one play not so well, but tonight, I thought they both stepped up and played very well. I also thought our defensive front played much better tonight. "

The defense shut out Rose Bud on Sept. 16 before blanking the Indians on Friday.

Again, the deadly combination of senior wide receiver Seth Smith and sophomore quarterback Jacob Wood continues to be a problem for teams.

Carter said Smith is a special player.

"I don’t know if I’ve been around too many players that has the heart and desire to the best than what he has," he said. "He goes out every day and wants to prove to everyone that he has a chance to play at the next level, and he’s more than capable. I’m very proud of his work ethic and what he does out here."

Carter was also complimentary of his quarterback.

"For a sophomore to come in and do what Jacob is doing right now, especially in our first conference victory, is great," he said. "It was a different atmosphere in the first half tonight than what we’ve played because it was this conference atmosphere. He handled it well. He didn’t do everything right, but he is getting better and that’s what I’m most proud of."

Wood and Smith connected for 202 yards and two touchdowns on six completed passes.

Carter said the team is wants to be as good as it can be, and that’s why they are undefeated thus far.

"We started the year with the goal of play for the conference championship and play one more game than we played last year," he said. "So far, we’re shooting for the stars."

The Eagles play their second conference game at Hector, who is also 4-0 overall and 1-0 in 2A-5 competition.

Carter said the offensive line needs to get better at pass protection in preparation for Hector.

"I’m sure when they see those things on film; they’re going to try to bring the pressure," he said. "I’ve been telling our team, we’re really right handed and we need to get away from that. We need to get it away from Seth. He’s a great player, but we can’t continue to live on him."

The Eagles play at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at Hector.