There is a new coach and a new attitude around Enloe this year and the Eagles began the 2014 season Thursday night by riding its defense to a 14-7 win at Durham Jordan.
After going 0-11 last year, Enloe has a coach in Steve Johnson who is used to winning and the players are buying in.
Turnovers stifled scoring efforts most of the evening, but in the fourth quarter the quarterback combination of Cameron Lewis and Tyshon Hinton and workhorse running back Anthony McEachin (22 carries, 191 yards) moved the ball 69 yards in 13 plays. McEachin scored the winning touchdown on a 2-yard run with 4:13 to play and David Ogburn added his second extra point.
Then it was up to the defense, which dominated the Jordan line all night. On the fourth down play, senior Freddie Brown knocked the ball away from the Falcons speedy Picasso Keaton to clinch the win.
Brown also set the tone early with an interception on the Falcons first possession.
“We know defense wins game and, believe me, our offense is better than it showed tonight. They just had a few mess-ups,” Brown said. “I know Dahryl Moses on the line, linebacker Trevor Nelson and D.J. Bosley at safety were all playing well.”
Johnson’s first words to his team were, “Hats off to the defense.”
“They basically pitched a shutout,” Johnson said. “With our turnovers we gave them every opportunity to put points up there, but the defense really worked hard. We threw a defense at them they probably haven’t seen. We shut down their run game. Our middle linebackers, Nyles Fleming and Nelson, played well, and although we were outsized up front I thought we pushed their line back.”
Enloe held Jordan to 77 total yards while the Eagles offense ran for 300 and passed for 80.
“McEachin is a D-1 prospect and I’m putting out the word on him. Lewis also had a good game at both quarterback and receiver,” Johnson said. “The thing is these kids never believed they were not going to win this game.”
Enloe took a 7-0 first quarter lead after a 64-yard drive with Lewis running it in from the 5-yard line.
The Eagles were driving late in the half, but on the final play of the half Jordan’s Clayton Cockerman intercepted a pass and returned it 95 yards for the Falcons’ only score.
“We moved the ball, we just made the mistakes. With the new style offense when we push the tempo we can make some problems for people,” Johnson said. “We just did not finish like we should have.
“The thing is now we are going to go into games expecting to win,” Johnson said.