In one of four match-ups in Friday night’s West Tennessee/Kentucky Football Challenge at Bethel University’s Wildcat Stadium, the West Carroll High School War Eagles were outdistanced by the Dresden Lions 21-8 in two 12-minute quarters of play.
The War Eagles got off to a slow start in the contest but were starting to hold their own as the second quarter progressed.
The Lions, however, were pretty hot right out of the gate, scoring on their first possession with a one-yard keeper by quarterback Tatum Oliver. And after a turnover on downs by the War Eagles, the Lions were back in the end zone on a 10-yard touchdown carry by Tristan Jett. With two successful PAT kicks, Dresden was up 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Lions opened the second quarter with another score as Oliver carried it in again from 22 yards out. The kick was good, and the War Eagles were down 21-0.
The War Eagles advanced as far as Dresden’s 27-yard line in their next possession but ended up turning over the ball on downs. But a few plays later, West Carroll took the ball back with a fumble recovery by Brannon Black.
The War Eagles capitalized on the break and advanced to inside Dresden’s 10 on pass plays and keepers by quarterback Xander Moon and runs by Jay Long and Jordan Morris. With 1:41 left in the contest, Moon ran it in for six and then returned for two more.
The Lions ran two plays before killing the clock and walking away with a 21-8 pre-season win.
The War Eagles will be starting the season on the road Friday night with a 7 p.m. non-region match-up against the hosting Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central Tigers.