Valley Christian Eagles (2-6 Overall) (2-6 EOAC - 6th Place)

Valley Christian Records First EOAC Win in 2020

The 2020 season started with a bang for the Eagles as they recorded their first EOAC league victory in a 39-0 blanking of the East Palestine Bulldogs. But then the Eagles had some hard-luck as they lost three hard-fought games that they battled and had a chance to win. Following a second league win in Lisbon, the Eagles struggled in closing the season, losing their final three contest.

One of the key issues the Eagles had during the season was a rash on injuries. Junior running back Cameron Davenport began the season strong, but he was hampered by injuries and was unable to finish the year. They also had a revolving door on the offensive and defensive lines which certainly hurt their continuity.

With the injuries, and the development of the team, the Eagles Izaiah McKinley and Jon'Tae Pabellon began to take over the running game while Vershawn Gurley became the key receiver in the Eagles passing game. Eagles standout receiver Tyrone Lindsey led the team in receptions on the year despite being out a few games with an injury.

Senior lineman Eric Davis had an outstanding season and was the Eagles lone representative on the All-EOAC team with Lindsey, Jon'Tae Pabellon, McKinley, and senior lineman Nasir Long all being named as second team honorees. Sophomore lineman Jon'Terll Mixon was an honorable mention player.

The Eagles will lose Davis and Long up front on the line, along with Lindsey, McKinley and Pabellon at the skill positions, but many pieces of the Eagles team will return. Mixon is a standout lineman, so if the Eagles can develop some depth around him, the Eagles could boost their offensive production. It also helps that junior quarterback Joey Battista returns after a season where he gained a ton of valuable experience.

Soon after the conclusion of the season, Jomont Ware announced that he was resigning as the Eagles head football coach. Ware had been the Eagles coach for the past four years, so it will be interesting to see who the program lands as it's next mentor. How smoothly the Eagles football program can weather the transition will also go a long way in how they attack the off-season and what success they will be able to enjoy in the 2021 season.