SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Tim McClendon may never get to play again for Signal Mountain, but that doesn't mean the controversial running back is no longer part of the Eagles' family.
McClendon, who was declared ineligible by the TSSAA last Friday, received a standing ovation from the home crowd Thursday night while going through Senior Night festivities at The Nest.
It was the first of many cheers heard across the mountain as the Eagles cruised to a 76-35 win over Chattanooga Christian in their home finale. McClendon watched in sweats and cheered on his teammates from the sidelines while waiting word on the school's appeal of the ruling, which will be decided next week.
The quick-strike Signal Mountain attack scored three times in the first six minutes and didn't slow down while racking up 760 yards of total offense.
Without McClendon, the Eagles rushed for a ridiculous 556 yards. Andrew Price accounted for 246 of them and scored six touchdowns. Zack Bowman added 171 yards rushing on 14 carries.
Reese Phillips also completed 12-of-16 passes for 204 yards and three scores for the Eagles, who opened up a 21-0 lead six minutes into the game and led 48-28 at the half.
Despite its inability to slow down Signal Mountain, CCS (2-6, 0-3) managed to move the ball well through the air, passing for 337 yards. Beau Simmons had seven catches for 192 yards and two scores, including an 80-yarder in the first quarter. The Chargers' senior also returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.
With the win, the Eagles officially improve to 1-2 overall and 1-0 in District 7-AA after having to vacate six wins in the McClendon ruling. Signal Mountain has a bye next week before closing the regular season at Sequatchie County.