With the loss, the Eagles record now stands at 1-2 in district play and 7-2 overall.
Midway through the season, the matchup between Woodsboro and Falls City had all the makings of a classic showdown. Both teams came into this game with impressive records and each with something to prove.
Falls City needed to prove that they were still the team to beat in the district.
Woodsboro needed to prove that they belonged among the elite teams this season. Fans that braved the chilly temperatures last Friday in Falls City were not disappointed. They were treated to one of those epic games that will be talked about for years to come.
“We had our opportunities to win this game and we did not execute,” said senior quarterback Tyler Quesada. “We got behind early, but our team does not know how to give up.,We have fought all year and we fought back tonight.,We just came up a little short.,This was a great game between two good teams and we give credit to them.,They made plays when they needed to.”
After falling behind 14-0 early in the first quarter, the Eagles put together an eight play 47-yard drive that was capped off by a Debray Bonner one-yard plunge into the end zone. Conner Payne kicked the extra point to make it 14-7.
On the ensuing kickoff, Jared Martinez recovered an onsides kick to give his team great field position. Five plays later, Quesada found Logan Moses in the back of the end zone with a 12-yard touchdown pass. Payne again kicked the extra point to tie the game at 14-14. With 1:24 left in the first quarter, the Beavers scored again to take a 22-14 lead after one quarter of play.
Just before halftime, the Eagles began a drive from their 29-yard line. Five plays later, Bonner busted his way up the middle for an exciting 46-yard touchdown run.
Lionel Brown hit Moses with a pass for the two-point conversion and the half ended with the score tied at 22-22.
The second half turned out to be a showcase of both teams’ defense. Hard hits and stops were the norm for the second half of play as neither team allowed much yardage and ball movement. The Beavers were able to score just before the third quarter ended to go up 30-22.
The Eagles got one last chance as they began a drive from their own 15-yard line. Fourteen plays later, the Beavers stopped the Eagles on a fourth and long from their 20-yard line. The Beavers were able to run out the clock and preserve the win.
“This one is really disappointing because we had our chances,” said junior lineman Justin Fierova. “We did not let their early momentum get the best of us. We fought back and we were right there. We worked every bit as hard as they did and it just did not go our way tonight. This game could have gone either way and unfortunately it did not happen for us. We know that we can never ever give up. We are going to continue to fight for every minute of each game and give ourselves an opportunity to win.”
The Eagles are idle this Friday and will host the Louise Hornets on Nov. 9. The winner will take the third playoff spot in District 14-A Division 2. The loser will see their season come to an end.
“We expect Louise to come out with everything they have,” said Quesada and Fierova.
“Louise has played a tough schedule this year and their record is not indicative of just how good they really are. Our goal is still to make the playoffs and that is what we will be practicing very hard for the next two weeks. We hope to see our side of the stadium full in two weeks.”
Kickoff for the game with Louise is set for 7:30 p.m.