Iron Eagles soar to the super bowlPublished 5:25pm Saturday, November 16, 2013
CHOCOWINITY — Locked in a tie with the Chocowinity Indians as the time wound down in the fourth quarter, Washington Eagles running back Kevin “K.J.” Moore rumbled and stumbled his way to a 65-yard touchdown run to lead the Eagles past the Indians, 12-6, and into the next week’s 8U Community Youth Football League super bowl.
The run capped off a two-touchdown performance by Moore and lifted the No. 3 Eagles (4-2-1) over the No. 2 Indians (4-2).
“I’m proud of them,” Eagles coach Greg Warren said. “I told them to keep fighting and they kept fighting and now we’re going to the super bowl.”
Moore gave the Eagles a 6-0 lead when he scored on a 20-yard run with about two minutes left in the first half. However, the resilient Indians wrestled back momentum with a stellar third quarter effort.
The Indians bounced back from a lost onside kick to start the third, then responded with its only scoring drive of the game.
A key fourth-down run by Nick Langley kept the drive alive and was followed by a 30-yard run by Jody Pierce that put the Indians on the Eagles 7-yard line.
From there, quarterback Walker Hill connected with Jacori Blount for a 7-yard TD pass that tied the game up with 23 seconds left in the quarter and allowed the Indians to go down swinging.
“We had a good year. This is a good group of kids,” Indians coach Mark Elks said. “… It’s been a fun season. We started on August 5th and now its near Thanksgiving and we’ve really enjoyed it.”
After trading possessions, the Eagles got the ball and went to work with under three minutes to go in regulation. Starting at their own 35-yard line, the Eagles handed the ball off to Moore, who broke several tackles and kept his balance while Larry Ebron delivered a key block to spring Moore free for his 65-yard game-winning dash to the end zone.
“K.J. Is a fast kid and runs the ball like nobody else, but I want to point out that Larry Ebron made two key blocks on the last play,” Warren said. “It was a team play and they worked together and that paid off today.”
Warren also cited the play of the defense and defensive back Tavon McIver, who made some key touchdown saving tackles to advance to the super bowl.
Eagles 0 6 0 6 — 12
Indians 0 0 6 0 — 6
E — Kevin Moore 20 run (two points failed), 2nd.
C — Jacori Blount 7 pass from Chris Hill (two points failed), 3rd.
E — Moore 65 run (two points failed), 4th.