Eagles notch win over Patriots

HOWARD — It was hardly a thing of beauty.
“We didn’t play very well,” Uniontown High head coach Chad Stroud said. “But we played well enough to win, which is the important thing.”
The Eagles, following a disappointing loss to open the 2009 season, broke into the win column Friday with a 20-12 victory over West Elk High.
Uniontown returns home next Friday against Jayhawk-Linn.
The Eagles rolled up 232 rushing yards and led 12-0 in the third quarter.
The lead could have been even bigger, Stroud said, but Uniontown lost a fumble inside the Patriot 5-yard-line early in the contest.
“If we score there, we might have been able to roll a bit,” Stroud said.
Zach Travis got Uniontown on the scoreboard in the second quarter when he hit Ben Dixon for a 25-yard touchdown pass. Jordan Woods pushed the margin to 12-0 in the third quarter on a 12-yard touchdown run.
West Elk closed the gap to 12-6 with a touchdown early in the fourth quarter before Ty Clayton tackled a Patriot runner in the end zone for a safety and a 14-6 margin.
Clayton tacked on a seven-yard touchdown run midway through the period to put the game out of reach.
West Elk scored in the game’s final minute but could not convert on an onside kick. The Eagles took possession and ran out the clock.
Stroud praised the outmanned Patriot squad that suited up only 16 players in the contest.
“Their kids and coaches did an amazing job,” Stroud said.
Travis completed 5 of 7 passes for 71 yards and rushed 17 times for 72 more.
Woods carried the ball 15 times for 100 yards and pulled in an interception on defense. Clayton had 60 yards on eight rushes. Dixon had four receptions for 67 yards and an interception on defense.
Clayton led Uniontown with 17 tackles. Josh Beerbower, a reserve lineman, came off the bench and had 10 stops.
“He really stepped up big for us,” Stroud said.
Uniontown 0-6-6-8—20
West Elk 0-0-0-12—12