Conway Christian’s football team has come a long way in a year.
This time last year, the Eagles were pounded by Johnson County Westside before entering their first season as a member of the Arkansas Activities Association. This time, though, Conway Christian, returning nine players on both sides of the ball, pounded the Rebels in a Arkansas Activities Association benefit game Thursday.
The simulated game consisted of two 12-minute quarters in which the time continuously ran, with the Eagles taking a 24-0 win.
"We’re just so much better this year than we were this time last year," Speer said. "They just destroyed us in our scrimmage that we had up there. Our junior high team also came up with a win, so it was a good night overall."
During the scrimmage action, Speer said Adam "Fuzzy" Ragland scored two touchdowns on runs of 50 and 20 yards. Speer said Ashton Robinson scored on a inside trap deep in the Rebels’ territory. Bates Isom had the longest touchdown of the day on a 60-yard scamper.
Before the half of scrimmage, both teams ran 16 plays on offense and 16 plays on defense. Speer said Johnson County Westside did score on a play-action touchdown pass during that session.
"That was my fault," said Speer, referring to the Rebels’ lone touchdown of the entire evening. "I told the safety to come up and stop the run, but that’s when they faked and threw it right over the safety’s head. Yeah, that was my fault. But, that was the only time they scored. Our defense didn’t allow a score or give up a big play after that."
Conway Christian’s Kirby Powell is back under the center, directing the Pistol offense, which was implemented over a year ago.
"We only have 22 players this year, but I feel like if someone comes in for a starter, then we won’t miss a beat," Speer said. "Kirby also plays inside linebacker for us, so when he needs a break, I feel comfortable with putting Hunter Henderson in at quarterback. Another guy that goes both ways for us is Jonathan Watson. Anytime that we can give him a breather, then I’m going to take that opportunity."
Since Hector cancelled its 2009 football season, the Eagles were rewarded a win due to a forfeit. But, that Week 10 game has not been replaced.
"Right now, the only two teams that are free on that last week of the season is Union Christian and Mount Ida," Speer said. "To tell you the truth, I don’t want to play either one of them. Hopefully, we’ll be in the playoffs, so we may be able to use that last week to heal up before we go into the playoffs. If a team that we’re willing to play is free, then we’ll try to schedule it, but if not then when use it to our advantage."