The Eastmoor Academy football team failed to light up the scoreboard for the first time this season, but still managed to hang on for a 14-6 victory over host Walnut Ridge on Friday.

Eastmoor improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the City League-South Division, and Walnut Ridge dropped to 4-2 and 1-2.

After averaging more than 50 points through five games, the Warriors used ball control and an athletic defense to pull out the victory. Running back Devon Ross sealed the win on a 2-yard touchdown run with 1:26 to play.

Two turnovers by Eastmoor quarterback Malon Johnson prevented the Warriors from taking an early lead. The offense went 35 yards in four plays before a fumble by Johnson halted the drive. Three possessions later, Johnson was intercepted by Walnut Ridge defensive back Marsean Ross at the Scots' 3-yard line after a five-play, 45-yard drive.

"We had plenty of opportunities," Eastmoor coach James Miranda said. "We turned the ball over and that's why our offense could not get in sync. Fortunately, our defense was able to pull through and
the offense was able to finish down the stretch."

Walnut Ridge gave the Warriors their biggest challenge of the season. With the defense holding the Eastmoor offense in check for most of the game, the Scots' offense was non-existent. Running
back Brandon Rice was the workhorse, rushing 25 times for 86 yards.

Walnut Ridge coach Byron Mattox was proud of the defensive performance, but said a lack of execution on both sides led to the defeat.

"We know how potent (the Eastmoor) offense can be with all those weapons and defense always comes first, that's our point of emphasis," Mattox said. "We expected a tough game but the breaks didn't go our way."

Eastmoor scored the first points of the game midway through the second quarter on a 2-yard run by Johnson. The touchdown capped an 11-play, 77-yard drive and the offense looked like it was back on track. Running back R.J. Wallace provided ball control for the struggling offense with 17 carries for 86 yards.

"I have a lot of faith in my team and the offensive line. I was out there doing what they want me to do," Wallace said.

The Walnut Ridge offense scored their only points of the game early in the second half. Rice capped a nine-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to make the score 7-6. The Scots decided to go for
the two-point conversion and failed.


EASTMOOR 0 7 0 7 - 14
WALNUT RIDGE 0 0 6 0 - 6
E-Johnson 2 run (Sample kick)
WR-Rice 1 run (run failed)
E-Ross 2 run (Sample kick)