Evangel posts 82 points in win over Ezell-Harding
By CHRIS MEGGINSON | For the Reporter
ALABASTER – Top-ranked Evangel Christian School opened its 8-man schedule in a high-scoring NHSA Top 5 clash, handing fifth-ranked Ezell-Harding Christian of Antioch, Tennessee, its first loss, 82-55, Friday, Sept. 6.
“I ain’t never been a part of anything like it. It was fun. It was just so fast, and we kept scoring,” said Evangel head coach Tim Smith. “We play at home next week. If you’ve never watched an 8-man football game, you need to come watch one. It’s good football. We have good kids, good athletes and they play hard.”
Noah Shears started the evening with a 65-yard touchdown run on Evangel’s first play. He went on to collect 111 yards on eight carries.
The Lightning racked up 517 yards of total offense, led by quarterback Tyler Henderson’s 11-of-13 passing for 312 yards and six touchdowns. He added 44 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Jett Lodge was Henderson’s go-to receiver with 219 yards on six catches. Four of his receptions were touchdowns of 76, 56, 49 and 35 yards.
“I don’t care what level you’re at, that’s impressive,” Smith said.
Will Ferrel and Cooper Vowell added touchdown receptions of 20 and 36 yards, respectively.
Jamad Quillman, Cannan Mann and freshman Tyler Wilson also each rushed for touchdowns.
Will Parker and Timothy Howell led the defense with 10 and eight tackles, respectively. Garret moore and Quillman recovered fumbles.
Evangel (2-1) will host the Freedom Cowboys out of Huntsville next week.