BELDEN – Cade Hall caught a third-quarter touchdown pass in Tupelo Christian’s 35-19 win Thursday night against Fayette (Tenn.) Academy.
The 34-yarder from Caleb Kitchens was quietly symbolic of the Eagles’ successful revival. The catch came in double coverage and gave TCPS six. With the win, it improved to 6-1, doubling its win total from last season, only two years removed from the canceled 2013 season.
“It’s been unbelievable,” TCPS sophomore lineman Dennis Hudson said. “I’m so proud of this team. I think if we stick together, we’re going to be great.”
The Eagles have won five straight games.
Hall’s catch was the third TCPS touchdown. The first two came in the first quarter, Kitchens’ 11-yard run following the first of Hudson’s two fumble recoveries and Hall’s first receiving score, 21 yards to end the quarter.
Hudson’s first recovery came on the game’s first play. TCPS scored twice off turnovers.
“That kind of set the tone for the whole game defensively,” coach Shaune Holiday said. “When we were able to take it right back down and score, mentally I think it kind of shook them up.”
Now with only two seniors, TCPS had to cancel the 2013 season because of a small roster. John Mark Jolly’s two game-sealing touchdown runs in the second half showed how far the Eagles have come, two games to go and one victory from tying the school record for wins in a season.
Turning Point: Jolly escaped a tackle and scored from 11 yards out as time ended in the third quarter. It gave the Eagles a 28-13 lead.
Point Man: Jolly had 132 yards on 22 carries.
Talking Point: “These kids deserve it. This school deserves it. The people here at TCPS, they deserve the success that God’s blessing them with.” – TCPS coach Shaune Holiday
• DL Dennis Hudson had eight tackles, a sack and two fumble recoveries.
• TCPS sophomore LB Bo Robertson blocked an extra point in the third quarter.
• TCPS scored two touchdown to end quarters.