Hope cruises past Wiregrass

Hope Christian School's Kaleb Arnold sacks the Wiregrass Christian School quarterback during an Oct. 14 game. (Contributed/Twanna Arnold)

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

The Hope Christian School Eagles crushed visiting Wiregrass Christian School 68-6 in eight-man football action Oct. 14.

“It went real well for us,” said Hope head coach Mark Rettig. “It was definitely a different team on the field this week than it was last week.”

The Eagles racked up a total of 328 yards on the night, all of which were rushing,

Ben Nafe led the Eagles’ ground attack, recording 112 yards on 15 carries. Timothy Bell recorded 55 yards on four carries and Andrew Whitson and Dillon Thompson each recorded 48 yards.

Defensive standouts for Hope were Jonathan Misso, who recorded eight tackles and Bell, with seven tackles and a fumble recovery. Reid Allen also recorded one fumble recovery and one interception.

Hope jumped to a 30-0 lead in the first quarter on four touchdowns.

The first came on a 16-yard run by Nafe, the second on an 8-yard run by Bell, the third on an Eric Spence 23-yard run and the fourth on a 37-yard run by Whitson. Charles Streets added two-point conversions on the first two touchdowns, and Spence added the third conversion.

The Eagles added three more touchdowns in the second quarter: One on a 10-yard Streets run, the second on a 15-yard Thompson run and the third on a 1-yard Whitson run. Bell, Streets and Nafe added the two-point conversions.

Nafe also scored in the third quarter on a 6-yard run, and Thompson added the two-point conversion.

Hope’s final score came in the fourth quarter on a 29-yard punt return by Spence.