October 9, 2009 9:22:00 AM
HAMILTON -- The Eupora High School football team put the Lions of Hamilton down Thursday night with a dominating 44-10 victory in a Class 2A, Region 2, District 4 matchup.
Eagles'' perfect record of 7-0 and 2-0 in division remains in tact, for now.
The victory helped Eupora coach Junior Graham, whose team improved to 7-0 and 2-0 in the district, solidify its hold on first place in the district with games remaining against West Lowndes and J.Z. George.
"I have been so concentrated on beating the Lions, I haven''t even looked at the next opponent," Graham said. "As for tonight''s game, the fullbacks played the best game they have all year and the defensive line set the tone early on in the game."
The Eagles'' Demarcus Pass scored early in the first quarter from 22 yards out and Eupora added another touchdown later in the same quarter by Jeremy Wright.
The Lions had several chances to rally. An interception by Cole Johnson allowed the Lions to move into field goal position where Dylan Earnest kicked a field goal for Hamilton.
"Eupora is a fundamental team and we all knew to beat them we had to tackle," Hamilton coach Ray Weeks said. "We didn''t and they really put it to us tonight. But we are going back and practice like always next week."
Graham benched his starters in the second half, allowing Weeks to play freshman Dion Howard, whose quick feet brought the football deep in Eagles'' territory to set up the Lions'' only score, a Cojuante McMillian touchdown.