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Malden rolls to win over East Prairie

Friday, September 28, 2012

Malden's O-line clears the road for Mitchell Coleman as he heads for home in the Wave's victory over the hard-luck Eagles of East Prairie. Malden travels to Hayti on Friday to face the rough-and-ready Indians. Staff Photo/ Scott Matthews [Order this photo]
MALDEN -- The Eagles probably wish that they hadn't landed in Malden Friday night.

The Green Wave hammered away on their SEMO South foes from East Prairie with seven unanswered touchdowns to start the game and went on to a 46-7 victory.

The win improves Malden's record at home to 3-0 on the year and 3-2 overall.

The Green Wave players knew coming in that East Prairie (0-4 and allowing 48 points per game coming in) likely wouldn't be a big challenge but they kept their focus.

"Coach told us to keep our heads up and keep it in the game," Malden senior Mitchell Coleman said. "Just don't play down to their level. Play to our abilities and we were able to do that tonight and put a lot of points on the board."

Malden coach Joel Wyatt knew coming in that East Prairie had a lot of issues.

"Just looking at their roster they only have four seniors," Wyatt said. "And then I don't know how accurate it is but only one playing tonight. That's where the problem starts."

Malden senior Romello McCoy continued his special season with 245 more yards rushing against the Eagles. On just eight carries.

McCoy ran for touchdowns in the first quarter of 63 yards and 54 yards. He then ran in a 25-yard score in the second and a 65-yarder in the third.

"He makes it look easy," Wyatt said. "He's a special player and a special kid. He's humble. He praises his linemen. He goes about his business usually with a big smile."

McCoy has 894 yards rushing now through 4 1/2 games (he missed the second half at Caruthersville)

McCoy set the tone in the first quarter while Coleman carried it out in the second.

The senior scored on a 4-yard touch down run and then on the Green Wave's next drive, he caught a 31-yard touchdown reception from freshman quarterback Chapen Riley.

"Our linemen had some good kick out blocks," Coleman said. "I made some good cuts and just out ran them to the finish line."

Riley then found senior receiver Dajuan Criglar as time expired in the second quarter for a 9-yard score. It was Criglar's first touchdown of the season.

Leading 40-0, Malden received the ball after halftime and McCoy scored his fourth touchdown of the night two plays into the drive.

The starters came off the field from there as the reserves allowed one touchdown and got down to the goal line in the fourth quarter but didn't go for the touchdown as time was running down.

The starters resting in the second half could be pivotal with a road game at Hayti next Friday.

"It's a good thing," Wyatt said. "We had a couple people that were a little gimpy but nothing major. It was nice to get them a whole half of rest, McCoy and Coleman in particular -- our two-way starters."

"It's nice to see your JV kids get rewarded because they've put in the time and the hard work."

The Eagles offense moved at a snail's pace and they only attempted one pass.

"They run a lot of formations but they don't run many plays out of those formations," Coleman said. "We were pretty much knew every play they were going to run and all week our motto was 'no first downs'."

Wyatt felt his team was very much prepared to play well.

"We had a good week of practice and prep on what we thought they were going to do," Wyatt said. "We were just worried about being focused and coming out with some intensity. We'd seen scores of previous games and you know how kids get but I was really proud of how we started off on a good note."

Malden had 469 total yards off offense to East Prairie's 114.

Javiel Cooper led Malden on defense with eight tackles while Dremond Robinson, Nick Thompson and John Hampton had five. Deven Donley and Coleman each had one sack and Cordiero Clark recovered a fumble near the end of the game.

Brad Beck rushed for 76 yards on 22 carries for the Eagles. Brett Ellis led with seven tackles while T.J. Shands had six.

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