Eupora went to the Delta expecting a tough matchup with a strong Northside team in Shelby, but the Eagles weren’t going in playing scared. Brad Gray’s team itself feels like it’s one of the best teams in the state, and they’ve been playing like it since the third game of the season. On Friday night, it all came to fruition with one of the best offensive performances in school history. Eupora ran all over the Gators as the home team gave up the most points in its short fouryear history as a school, and the Eagles were on their way to the Class 2A North State championship with a 58-18 blowout. It was as impressive of a performance as any team in 2A last week and perhaps throughout the playoffs. Ty Murphy and Jessie Sudduth put the pedal down in this game. The two combined for nearly 400 yards together, and the team rushed for 436 on 51 carries averaging 8.5 yards a rush. On top of that, the defense helped keep a talented Gator team in check on the offensive side of the ball with 7.0 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks. Eli Clark had 2.0 of those sacks and 4.0 tackles for loss along with nine tackles in the game. Mark Pittman added an interception on the big night from the defensive side of the ball. Getting a road win, it always helps to get off to the right start, and the Eagles couldn’t have asked for a better one in the first quarter. Murphy scored on the team’s first two possessions with runs of four and 17 yards to get a 14- 0 lead, and it was 14-6 at the end of the first quarter. Murphy would extend that lead right away in the second quarter as the senior quarterback broke free for a 56-yard burst and got the 2- point conversion to make it 22-6. It was Sudduth’s turn later to make it 28-6 with 4:34 left, and the running game opened up a wideopen pass from Murphy to Tabb Powell for the 44-yard touchdown as the lead got all the way out to 36-6. Northside got a score in the final minute of the first half, but the rout was on with the Eagles leading the home team 36-12. Murphy kept his foot on the gas out of the locker room as he drove the team down the field and scored from 6 yards away, and Sudduth got his second score with 3:22 left in the third making it 51-12. After a fourth-quarter score from Northside, Eupora got one more for good measure with Clark getting in from 5 yards away to make it 58-18. It was a night to remember during a season to remember for Murphy. The senior QB had 25 carries for 252 yards and four touchdowns in the win and also was 4-of-8 for 70 yards and a score. Sudduth continued to have a great senior year himself with 18 carries for 144 yards and two scores. Powell had two catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. It’s been a remarkable season for the duo to this point. Murphy has rushed 198 times for 1,788 yards and 24 touchdowns, and he’s also thrown for another 15 scores and 1,449 yards passing. Sudduth went over 1,000 yards last week with 1,123 on the year and 15 touchdowns. He’s had 667 of those yards come in the last five games with four 100-yard performances and 10 touchdowns. Eupora’s incredible season now finds itself one win away from reaching its pinnacle. The Eagles (10-2) have 10 wins for the first time since 2014, but the team is playing for the North State championship for the first time since 2012. That was the last time this Eagle program was able to make it all the way to the state title game, and this team is hoping to do the same. To get there, Eupora will have to face off against a Charleston team on the road that has found itself. The Tigers are fresh off a 54- 14 blowout over Choctaw County and have nine-straight wins. It won’t be easy, but the Eagles are ready for battle on Friday at 7 p.m.