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Hornets hold off Eagles in Pettus homecoming game
by Bruce Harper
Oct 31, 2012 | 1103 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Christina Rowland photo 
 Casey Jones carries the ball down the field picking up yardage for the Eagles in the first quarter of play.
Christina Rowland photo Casey Jones carries the ball down the field picking up yardage for the Eagles in the first quarter of play.
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PETTUS — The Pettus Eagles used a balanced offensive attack against the Louise Hornets on Friday night but came up one touchdown shy of the visitors as they captured a 28-20 win.

Pettus opened the scoring with a first period TD run by Casey Jones that covered the final 14 yards. The PAT kick failed, but the Eagles were in front 6-0. Louise answered as running back Noe Puente broke free for a 48-yard run to even the scoreboard at 6-6. The PAT two-point conversion was good to put the visitors on top 8-6.

The Hornets struck pay dirt again in the second period, going to the airways for their second TD of the contest and the only score in the second quarter. They went into the halftime break leading 14-6 as the conversion failed on their second PAT try.

Louise added two more touchdowns from Puente in the third quarter to take command of the game at 28-6, but the hosts still had time.

Pettus got back into the contest with another TD from Jones. He covered five yards to light up the scoreboard. The Eagles trailed by 14 with a full quarter to play.

The Pettus defense stepped up in the fourth quarter and shut out the Hornets from scoring again. The Eagles managed to add to their total on an 80-yard pass play from QB John Grayson to Josh Herrera to pull even closer at 28-20.

Time ran out on the Eagles as they could not make a return trip to the end zone later in the final quarter.

Louise ran for 290 yards in the contest and completed its only pass attempt for just five yards. Puente finished the night with 208 yards on 25 carries for the visitors.

The Eagles rushed for 122 yards and Grayson added 176 yards in passing for a total offense of 298 yards on the night. Grayson completed six of 18 tosses with three interceptions. Jones carried 12 times for 48 yards. John Constante had 34 yards on just two attempts. Herrera rushed for 30 yards on five carries, and Grayson went 10 yards on five totes.

Herrera hauled in two passes for 95 yards on the night and the one TD. Constante made two catches good for 60 yards and Jones had one reception for 17 yards.

“Louise brought a very competitive team, however, we did have our chances to win up to the last seconds of the game. We just were not able to pull out a win,” said Eagle head coach Dan Garza.

“We will continue to move forward and work hard for our last game versus Runge.”

The Eagles wrap up their season on Friday with a road trip to Runge to meet the Yellowjackets.

“Runge is another team that we will face this year that has a great group of boys that will bring another week of tough football for our Eagles,” said Garza.
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