Pine Creek football unstoppable in blowout win over Air Academy

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This wasn't just a high school football game.

This was a highlight reel, filled with long scoring runs, strong defensive plays and an undeniable swagger.

And for the Pine Creek Eagles, they were more than happy with a 56-0 road win over Air Academy on Friday. It moved the defending Class 4A state champions to 7-1 overall this season and 3-0 in the Southern League standings.

"It just felt good on both sides of the ball," Eagles coach Todd Miller said.

It didn't take long for Pine Creek to prove this point against Air Academy (4-4, 0-3).

The Eagles scored on their second play of the game, thanks to a 41-yard run by David Moore III. Xavier Hill then provided a highlight reel-worthy moment on the next drive, as he picked off a pass at the goal line and returned it 100 yards for a 14-0 lead.

"That's all film work," Hill said. "I was really studying that tight end screen and I kind of just jumped into it. I just saw it and went for it."

Want more highlights? The Eagles had plenty in the first half.

JC Coulter threw a 38-yard score to Wyatt Wieland, Hill produced another pick-6 from about 30 yards, Moore ran another touchdown from 35 yards and DJ Armstead marched in an 8-yard touchdown.

The last score came with seven minutes left in the second quarter, putting the Eagles up 42-0. That was enough to start a running clock

The Eagles got on the scoreboard twice more in the second half, thanks to Gavin Herberg's 60-yard scoring run and Spencer Petterson's 5-yard touchdown.

"Some things came together," Miller said.

"Like that big turnover early, where Xavier Hill is able to return that interception for a touchdown. That was kind of a backbreaker. . We tackled well. We controlled the line of scrimmage on the offensive line."