JACKSON, Tenn. — North Alabama coach Terry Bowden warned his team throughout the week that it could not afford to take Lambuth lightly.
The Lions apparently got the message.
No. 3 UNA took control with a pair of early turnovers and never let the Eagles back in the game in cruising to a 31-0 victory on Saturday.
UNA (4-0) got three turnovers from its defense and held the Eagles (2-2) to just 122 total yards in posting the shutout.
“We’ve been wanting that shutout for the past four weeks,” said senior linebacker Harrison Bryant, who led the defense with seven total tackles. “Our whole team came out focused today. We knew that we couldn’t take this team lightly, so we came out ready to play.”
The offense used a more conservative game plan than usual, relying on short passes to keep the chains moving. Quarterback Lee Chapple was 21 of 26 passing for 190 yards and two touchdowns. Chapple also scored two touchdowns on sneaks.
Meanwhile, Wes Holland and Antwan Ivey both rushed for 79 yards to lead a ground game that finished with 156 yards.
“I’m proud of our guys for respecting the quality of the team that we were playing,” Bowden said. “This team has beaten some GSC teams, including West Alabama last week, so we knew what they were capable of. We did a great job getting the two early turnovers, capitalizing on them and taking control of the game.”
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