No. 4 Reinhardt got back into rhythm Saturday with a 48-6 win at Bluefield.
It was the sixth straight win for the Eagles (6-1, 2-0 Mid-South West Division), who broke out of their scoring slump just one point short of their season high.
“The kids just came out an executed,” coach James Miller said in a phone interview. “They had better energy and focus all week leading up to the game and it showed. We still missed a few opportunities, but the effort and intensity were definitely back.”
The best sign may have come from quarterback Billy Hall, who was questionable entering the game with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder but posted his best performance of the season.
He completed 9-of-12 passes for 114 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 20 yards on five carries to lead the Eagles’ offense.
“His injury wasn’t as bad as we thought at first, so we decided to roll with him,” Miller said. “He keeps getting better every week. He’s just getting more confident and focused in what we’re doing.”
Otis Odom, Quant Williams and Qua Stocks accounted for the receiving touchdowns.
Stocks finished with four catches for 42 yards while also adding 66 yards and a score on three carries.
“Qua made some big plays for us,” Miller said. “He’s just so dangerous when we can get him the ball in space.”
Nick Harris led all rushers with 82 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, while M’Calun Lanier and Bryce Burgess also found the end zone on the ground for a Reinhardt offense that ran the ball 62 times for 346 yards.
Defensively, Reinhardt was as good as it has been all season, allowing just seven first downs while forcing seven punts.
“We really like where our defense is right now,” Miller said. “They give us confidence that they can go out and make a stop whenever we need them to. They put our offense in a good position almost every time.”
The Rams (3-4, 0-1) gained just 2.2 yards per carry, and all 75 of their passing yards came on two completions.
Chase Hawkins and Quincy Standifer came away with interceptions for the Eagles, while J.T. Graydon, Matthew Prather, Trey Teasley, Teon Burroughs and Casimir Isles each recorded a sack.
“We controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides,” Miller said. “We played sound, assignment football. The back end played really well besides one big play. I just think we’re really starting to click on that side. That can make us a dangerous football team.”
The Eagles will now have their final bye week of the season before returning to host Pikeville Oct. 27.
“We got a little beat up, so it will be good to get healthy,” Miller said. “We’re going to try to rest up and keep working on the little things. We have a big rivalry game when we get back, so we need to be ready.”