Joseph now 2-0 in District 4 play, faces undefeated CoveWith an offensive line packing power and savvy, Joseph tore up a younger Imbler team 54-12 on Friday.

The Eagles opened with a Tanner Stewart touchdown, but Imbler answered back with a breakaway 84-yard touchdown run by Olan Fulfur. The younger team failed to capitalize and the momentum shifted back to stay, with Joseph racking up another score in the first quarter to go ahead 16-6. The second and third quarters were all Joseph, the team adding another 32 points through the 24 minutes of play.

Lane Bailey, stepping in as quarterback, has been a solid switch for the Eagles. Against Imbler, Bailey threw 4-for-5, netting 165 yards, and ran in six conversions, showcasing his passing and rushing skills.

Joseph will host Cove in a matchup that will hand one of the two teams its first league loss at 4 p.m. on Friday.

Cove, which destroyed Adrian 50-0 on Friday, and is 3-0 overall on the season, brings a senior-heavy squad with experience on a par with Joseph's, and it's expected to be a tough matchup.

Joseph 16 16 16 6 -54

Imbler 6 0 0 6 -12

Individual statistics

RUSHING - Joseph, Kyle Hook 13-31, Stewart 19-60, Bailey 1-23, Garnett 10-55, Thomas Louw 2-9, Wyatt Shetler 6-34, Thane Shetler 3-9. Imbler, Jeff Smith 3-5, Mitch Myers 8-16, Fulfer 10-109, Nick Thompson 6-6.

PASSING - Joseph, Bailey 4-5-165. Imbler, Thompson 0-3.

RECEIVING - Joseph, Clayton Lowe 1-36, Hook 1-16, Jay Watts 2-113. Imbler, Johnson 5-108, McGee 3-59, McNeil 3-36, Sanders 3-29, Verdin 4-51.

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