VILONIA -— The Vilonia Eagles romped to a 27-0 first-half lead Friday night on the way to a 37-9 victory over Huntsville in their 5A-West opener at Centennial Bank Field at Phillip D. Weaver Stadium.
The Eagles, displaying their most balanced attack of the season, had 323 total yards the first half, 246 rushing and 77 passing. The Eagles finished with 375 yards rushing and 137 passing for 491 yards of offense. Vilonia quarterback Drew Knowles ruhsed for 105 and passed for 121 more.
Vilonia drove 78 yards in five plays for its first touchdown with Knowles keeping for 38 yards, then scoring from the 1 with 10:40 left.
Zach Mitchell then intercepted a Huntsville pass, setting up David Crume’s 1-yard run with 9:39 left in the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Knowles capped another Eagle drive with a 2-yard run after a 62-yard scamper by Trey Lewis. With 37 seconds left in the half, the Eagles built a larger cushion when Knowles passed 26 yards to Tyler Bradley for a touchdown.
"I dropped a screen pass and I told the coach I wanted another chance and Drew threw it right to me and I got it," said Bradley in a postgame radio interview.
After a 17-yard run by Cody Wages drew Huntsville within 27-9, James Gardner booted a 36-yard field goal with 7:30 left. Reserve quarterback Kyle Wyatt scored on a 5-yard run with 2:26 left.
Lewis rushed for 83 yards.
The Eagles (4-0, 1-0) play at Alma next week.