Coosa High School Homecoming

Bryson Larnboy (1) of Coosa High School gets dragged down from behind during the football game against Dade County at Coosa High School on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. (Paul Halfacre/RN-T)

The Coosa Eagles are back in the Region 7-AA race after a big shutout win on homecoming night over Dade County 26-0.

The Eagles, who capitalized all night on big mistakes by the Wolverines, scored a touchdown in every quarter of the night for what head coach Todd Wheeler said was Coosa’s first complete game of the season.

“What homecoming is all about is getting alumni back and giving them something to be proud of,” he said. “They can walk away from here and be proud of the efforts the younger Eagles gave them.”

“This was the first full game we’ve played. We made a couple of mistakes, but nothing major,” he said. “The kids did a great job of capitalizing off mistakes. That’s all part of the game.”

Coosa quarterback Evan Simms was 11-20 for 170 yards and three touchdowns.

The first score was a touchdown pass to Tyler Smith that got the Eagles offense rolling.

It was followed by a 12-yard pass to Isaac Bradley in the end zone taking advantage of a blocked punt, and a 13-yard pass in the third quarter to Tristen Bryant for a score.

Jacquez Brown also scored on a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Coosa put up 80 rushing yards on the night with Brown getting most of the work in the backfield with 15 carries for 47 yards, followed by Sprayberry with 4 carries for 22 yards.

Wheeler said that he felt his team played the first good, not great, game of the season in the homecoming win.

“We’ve matured. I think this shows what happens when you put hard work in,” said Wheeler. “This is probably the first week we’ve had where we put a good week together.”

Dade County was unable to make any headway on passing against the Eagles defense throughout the night, going 1-4 with two yards lost on the evening and an interception.

The Wolverines were also stifled on the ground, gaining only five first downs throughout four quarters and putting up only 91 yards of offense on the ground.

With the win, the Eagles move to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the region. The Eagles play against Chattooga next Friday.

“We’ve got to take it one game at a time, and that’s what we’ve talked about,” he said. “Now we’ve got to turn our focus toward Chattooga. They’re a young football team, but they’ve grown and gotten better every week.”