After the Haughton Buccaneers’ 52-0 loss to the Evangel Christian Academy Eagles Friday night at Rodney Duron Field, coach Jason Brotherton told his players they probably wouldn’t even watch the film.
The Eagles did to the Bucs what they’ve done to every other team in the district — dominate them. Haughton managed just 35 total yards, according to Haughton’s stats, against one of the best defense’s in the state. The Bucs had minus-11 yards rushing.
Evangel (7-2, 5-0) clinched a share of the District 1-5A championship. The Eagles close the regular season against Byrd this Friday. They will then compete in the select Division I playoffs.
Evangel has outscored its five district opponents 251-15. The Eagles’ average margin of victory in district play is 47.2 points.
Haughton dropped to 4-5 and 1-4. The Bucs close the regular season against Captain Shreve on Friday at Lee Hedges Stadium. The Gators (4-5, 2-3) dropped a non-district contest to undefeated Loyola College Prep 21-7 Friday night.
Haughton entered the game at No. 23 in the 5A power rankings. The Bucs could drop a few spots but even with a loss to Shreve they have a very good chance of making the playoffs. A loss, though, will likely put them on the road against a high seed in the first round.
Haughton coach Jason Brotherton thought his team may have been a bit overwhelmed at their surroundings Friday night. It was the first time in school history Haughton has played at Rodney Duron Field.
“I think they were a little in awe of the whole production,” he said. “It was our first time to go over there. They got the big video board and played a hype video.”
Brotherton said he was disappointed with the team’s effort for the first time this season.
“I thought we’d compete better than we did,” he said. “Part of that I think was our kids knew they were a big underdog … We knew we were overmatched, but I was hoping we’d have a little more fight in us than we showed.”
Evangel rolled up 427 total yards, according to Haughton stats, with 271 yards of that coming on the ground. Connor Curry passed for two touchdowns and ran for one. He passed for 156 yards and ran for 60.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org