Eagles’ new coach, new offense get 15-8 jamboree win over Thrasher
THRASHER–The 2023 regular season for Mississippi high school football doesn’t begin until later this week. But the Falkner Eagles can start prepping for their season opener on a good note after leaving Thrasher with a 15-8 two-quarter win over in Friday’s preseason jamboree.
Walton unveiled a new up-tempo offensive scheme designed to get the ball to his playmakers as quick as possible. It wasn’t as successful as he had hoped, but they did put up a couple of scores.
Wooley connected with Nunley for a pair of scores, both in the 50-60 yard range, according to Walton. But Wooley also had a costly turnover inside the Thrasher 10-yard line. The pick-6 not only ended an Eagles’ scoring opportunity but gave the Rebels their only points.
“We had some confusion on offense…but we moved the ball up & down the field,” said Walton. “Chris (Nunley) showed out…Probably had over 200 yards receiving. Gavin looked good at moments and threw the deep ball great, but he got confused on some reads….But the stuff on offense is easy to fix.”
Walton also noted that Mitchell made a pair of impressive catches and the defense “looked great” in limiting Thrasher’s offense. Falkner runs a 3-3 defense under first-year coordinator Lane Plunk. Plunk played for Walton during his head coaching stint at East Union.
Walton and the Eagles get the regular season underway on Friday, Aug. 25 when they travel to Potts Camp. Kickoff is set for 7 pm.