Eagles Run Out of Time Against Vikings

08/21/2015

Missed tackles and late turnovers proved costly for Ashley as it suffered a 25-20 loss to White Oak in Jeff Turner's debut as Screamin' Eagles coach on Friday night.

The Vikings, who tallied 317 of their 437 rushing yards in the first half, scored on runs of 62, 43, 38 and 63 yards, shedding Ashley would-be tackles multiple times.

"We missed a lot of tackles," Turner said. "We did things that are uncharacteristic, things we need to fix. And we will.

"I know the guys are disappointed but we'll have to pick ourselves up. The good thing is we still have 10 more games."

But the Eagles, who have lost 15 in a row, had some bright spots in the loss.

With Freddie Thames unable to play in the second half due to an injury, Bradley Plyler became a workhorse for Ashley. The junior carried the ball 20 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns in the second half to lead a comeback.

After scoring from eight yards out to cut White Oak's lead to 19-14, Plyler ran virtually untouched up the middle for a 29-yard touchdown to put the hosts ahead 20-19 with 1:46 left in the third.

The Vikings needed only three plays to respond, with Bobby Smith scoring on a 63-yard run just over a minute later.

Plyler ended the game with 203 rushing yard and scored three touchdowns.

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