Big plays by Edwards County Lions made for a bad day for the Vienna-Goreville football Eagles on Saturday afternoon.
Edwards County scored five of its seven touchdowns on plays of 50 yards or more and held the Eagles to just seven yards of offense through the first three quarters to roll to a 48-0 win in Black Diamond Conference play at the VG Football Field.
Edwards County (2-3) also got a big day from senior quarterback Marcus Stennett, who threw for 156 yards and three touchdowns on just six pass attempts. Stennett also had a 71-yard scoring run called back in the first quarter on a holding penalty.
"They're very quick and decisive on their playmaking and their quarterback is a heck of a ballplayer," Vienna-Goreville coach Nic Bocook said. "He make good decisions and executed the offense very well."
The Lions roared out of the gate, needing just three plays to score when Stennett hit Jordon Brock on a 51-yard scoring strike just 80 seconds into the game. Zeke Roberts added the first of six extra points to make it 7-0.
Edwards County found the end zone again less than four minutes later when Ryan St. Ledger broke loose on a 61-yard touchdown run with 6:56 to go in the opening period as the Lions took a 14-0 lead.
The Lions got another big play when Stennett hit Camden Cowger on a 65-yard touchdown pass with 4:42 left in the first period to extend their lead to 21-0. Less than two minutes later, Brock returned a Vienna-Goreville punt 52 yards for yet another score and a 28-0 Lions lead.
"We are having a hard time executing on D," Bocook said. "We're not flying to the ball and we're doing a lot of arm tackling. I give the Edwards County offense a lot of credit — they saw our weaknesses and picked us apart."
Stennett continued the Lion aerial assault in the second period, finding Brock for his second touchdown reception of the day, this time from 27 yards out. The senior quarterback ended the day with 156 yards passing and three touchdowns on a 5–6 day, while classmate Brock looked in two balls for 75 yards and a pair of scores. Fellow fourth-year player Cowger also netted two catches for 75 yards, bringing in a touchdown reception along the way.
Rushing the ball, St. Ledger, a junior for the Lions, racked up 140 yards and two touchdowns, including a 60 yard scoring run in the second frame, on six carries, while Devin Mayer ended the afternoon with 24 yards on eight touches. Stennett managed four carries for 20 yards, with Jameson Borowiak needing just two touches to get to 20 yards.
Senior fullback Keath Bateman had two carries for seven yards to his name, including a seven-yard dash across the goal line with 6:06 left in the first half to cap the game’s scoring.
Meanwhile, the Eagles were struggling to move the ball, racking up just seven yards of total offense before the fourth quarter and getting its lone first down before the final period on an encroachment penalty by Edwards County.
The Lions will host Christopher Zeigler Royalton for their Homecoming Friday night at 7 p.m.