Streaking Eagles claim homecoming victory, 41-6

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Zion Christian celebrated its homecoming festivities successfully Friday night, scoring three times in the first half en route to a 41-6 victory over Lakeway Christian.

“We had two huge defensive stands in the game, one right before the half,” Zion coach Brad Lowery said. “We held them on fourth down, and to go in 18-0 (at halftime) was better than letting them score.

“Defensively, we held them under 100 yards (95). That may have been the best defensive play we’ve had in a long time. The guys believed in each other and trusted each other. To have two non-offensive touchdowns, and the special teams play, those two aspects were gamechangers for us.”

The Eagles won their third straight game, aided by the efforts of junior Luke Perko, who threw for 104 yards and a touchdown, rushed for 84 yards and added a 50-yard ‘pick-6’.

Luke Perko (13) accounted for 188 offensive yards and scored twice, including a 50-yard interception return, as Zion Christian defeated Lakeway Christian 41-6 Friday. (Courtesy photo by Matthew White)

Zion scored twice defensively in improving to 3-2 on the season, with Sam Duffy adding a 7-yard ‘scoop and score’ fumble return, while Wes Riggins added field goals of 31 and 37 yards.

Lakeway Christian (2-3), from East Tennessee, avoided the shutout with a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown inside the final four minutes.

Zion resumes play Friday when Collinwood visits Holcomb Field.

Zion Chr. 41, Lakeway Chr. 6
at Holcomb Field

L 0 0 0 6 – 6
Z 7 11 0 23 – 41

Scoring Summary
First Quarter

Z – Sam Duffy 27 run (6:28), Wes Riggins kick

Second Quarter

Z – Riggins 31 field goal (9:09)
Z – Luke Perko 7 run (2:46), Sam Sullivan pass from Perko

Fourth Quarter

Z – Riggins 37 field goal (11:49)
Z – Sullivan 16 pass from Jaron Keyser (6:39), kick failed
Z – Perko 50 interception return (3:57), Riggins kick
Z – Duffy 7 fumble return (3:50), Riggins kick
L – Sean Shults 97 kickoff return (3:29), kick failed

Team Statistics

First downs 7 12
Rushes-yards 23-20 32-164
Passing yards 75 120
Comps-Atts-Ints 8-15-2 7-16-1
Penalties-yards 5-35 8-61
Fumbles-lost 2-2 1-1

Individual Statistics

Zion Chr. – Luke Perko 20-84, Sam Duffy 8-75, Sam Sullivan 1-(-5), Jaron Keyser 2-5, Joshua Harrison 1-5


Zion Chr. – Luke Perko 6-15-0, 104, Jaron Keiser 1-1-0, 16


Zion Chr. – Dillan Runions 2-20, Sam Duffy 1-18, Davis Duffy 1-52, Sam Sullivan 2-19, Joshua Hamilton 1-11

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