WOODSBORO — A late fourth quarter rally fell just a little short for the Pettus Eagle varsity football team on Friday night as the Woodsboro Eagles held on for a 42-34 victory.
“We are proud of our Pettus Eagles performance versus Woodsboro last Friday. At half we were down by over 20 points and came back in the second half to end the game losing by one touchdown,” said Pettus head coach Dan Garza.
“Again, it was a total team effort that kept it close.”
The annual “Bird Bowl” is always a tough district battle for both teams. The Woodsboro offense held the upper hand most of the first three quarters. The teams were still tied at 0-0 through the first 12 minutes. Woodsboro scored first on a 39-yard pass play from QB Tyler Quesada to Jacob Neslony. The PAT kick was good to give the WHS boys a 7-0 lead. The Pettus offense struck for its lone TD of the first half as Casey Jones scampered 54 yards and John Constante tied things up with the PAT kick.
Two more Woodsboro scores highlighted the rest of the first half as Quesada and DeBray Bonner both made it into the end zone. The scoreboard had the hometown Eagles in front 19-7 at the halftime break.
QB Quesada added a third quarter run for another Woodsboro score to put the Eagles out front 27-7 with a two-point conversion pass successful.
Pettus running back Jones found the goal line again, this time from six yards out to make it a 27-14 contest as Constante was again true on his PAT kick.
Quesada then scrambled for a 52-yard run to put the WHS Eagles further ahead. The score at the end of three quarters had Woodsboro in front 35-14.
Constante cut into the Woodsboro lead early in the fourth quarter with a six-yard run to pull the Pettus boys to within 14 points at 35-21 with plenty of time left on the clock.
Woodsboro answered with its final TD of the night as Bonner carried it in from three yards out, and with Conner Payne’s PAT kick sailing through the uprights, it was a 42-21 game.
The visitors rallied with two touchdowns in the final few minutes. QB John Grayson ran for a three-yard TD and then the Pettus defense got the ball back and Grayson hooked up with Constante for a 25-yard scoring strike for the final score of the night.
The Pettus Eagles had their best offensive outing of the year. Pettus rushed for 199 yards, and Grayson threw for another 140 yards on nine completions of 17 attempts. Pettus did have three turnovers in the game with two fumbles and one interception. Woodsboro rushed for 463 yards on the night and passed for an additional 100 yards.
For Pettus, Jones led the rushing attack with 148 yards on 21 carries. Josh Herrera had 29 yard on 10 tries. Constante followed with 20 yards on four rushes, and Grayson added one yard in four scrambles.
Kyle McJunkins hauled in three passes for 42 yards. Herrera made one catch for 11 yards. Jones had two receptions for 28 yards. Anthony Mendoza came up with two passes for 34 yards, and Constante had one catch, good for 25 yards.
Woodsboro’s Quesada finished up a great night with 209 yards rushing on 16 carries. Former Trojan Bonner also eclipsed the 100-yard mark with 155 yards on 18 tries.
The Pettus varsity plays Louise on Friday night for Homecoming.
“This week is homecoming week and we have to have this win over Louise to have a shot at the playoffs. This should be a hard competitive game,” said Garza.