AFTON — After going 2-2 in non-league action, the Afton Eagles open up District A-7 play by hosting the Foyil Panthers for a homecoming game Friday night here.
The Eagles are flying high after edging Class 2A and longtime rival, Wyandotte, 41-40, at home.
Afton set a new school record with 551 yards of total offense in the win. Garrett Gaines had 252 yards, while Gabe Mustain rushed for 145 and Gunner Hudson added 99, while playing multiple positions.
“We responded from the big thrashing from Commerce, but we can’t coast on this big win at home,” said Eagle coach Zach Gardner. “We beat a great football team.”
Before the season began, Gardner was hoping to come through the non-district slate unblemished.
“We anticipated coming out and being 4-0, but here we sitting 2-2,” Gardner said. “But now our kids are playing better. We found out that we had some heart.”
Foyil lost to Fairland, 39-14, under new head Jon Eddy. The Panthers scored all of their points in the final quarter after the game of decide.
During the fall, he installed a pro-style offense for the Panthers to utilize the talents of Trey Hinton and Austin Morrow at quarterback, along with running backs Matt Bolden and Chris Austin.
In the last five meeting, the Panthers have one only once — 33-8 in 2011.
The Eagles won last year’s meeting, 56-6.