NOCONA – The Holliday Eagles completely dominated all phases of the game against the Indians last Friday night. The swarming Holiday defense and Logan Whitling’s kickoffs that penned the Indians deep in their own territory all night gave the Holliday offense opportunities to light up the scoreboard to the tune of 67-0. Whitling was 7 of 8 on point after kicks. It was the third shutout in a row for the Eagle defense. Holliday battered their way to a 40-0 halftime lead then added another 27 in the second half.
Tucker Strealy had a big night credited with a blocked punt, a tackle for a safety, a sack and a 36 yard touchdown pass reception. The Eagles had 16 tackles for loss. Sacks were delivered by a brutal pass rush composed of Kase Patterson, Strealy, Connor Hill, Cason Foster and Crosby Jurecek. Add to that 3 fumble recoveries by Mark Hardin, Tyler Ruddell, and Ethan Greer. Greer’s fumble recovery also included a 22 yard return for a touchdown. The statistics are clear, the Indians were no match for the Eagles.
Offensively the Eagles were able to execute passing and rushing for 387 total yards. Patterson had six pass completions on 9 attempts for 92 yards and a touchdown. A freshman running back, Jaxx Johnson, rushed 9 times for 79 yards scoring 3 times. Sophomore Tyler Ruddell carried seven times for 95 yards with 1 touchdown. Senior Seth Atchley scored twice with 71 yards on 7 carries. Austin Jones got into the act with a rushing touchdown as well.
The playoff picture is now clearing up as the Eagles are 3-2 in district with S&S Consolidated, with only one district win over Callisburg, remaining on the schedule.Holliday will be heavily favored against the Rams at home this Friday night at 7:30pm for Senior Night. The outcome has no bearing on the Bi-District pairings since Holliday has nailed down the third spot in the four team qualification process. They will face the Dublin Lions in the Bi-District round after District 5-3A, Division 2 competition.
Holliday defeated Dublin last year in Bi-District 66-20. The Lions enter the playoffs as the runner-up in District 6.