The Eagles finished 8-2 and were 4-1 in district play, just behind state-ranked Falls City.
The second-seeded Eagles will meet Sabinal on Friday in the first round of the postseason at the SAISD Spring Sports Complex adjacent to Burbank High School in San Antonio. The kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices for adults are $5 and student prices are $2.
“We finished out the regular season on a strong note. It was good for our seniors to get that last home win, and it was good for our team to carry some momentum into the playoffs,” said head coach Steve Marbach.
It was a balanced offensive attack that produced the win over the Longhorns. The Eagles rushed for 204 yards and Ryan Beck threw for 225 yards on eight of 16 passes. Beck connected on five of the seven Pettus touchdowns. Tim Gill and Andrew Parker combined to go two of three in the air for another 33 yards.
Parker was the leading rusher on the night with 82 yards on nine carries and one TD. Ulises Juarez only had one carry that covered nine yards but it ended in the end zone for the Eagles’ other rushing score. Beck rushed for 31 yards on five carries while Gill accounted for 51 yards on the same number of attempts. Josh Herrera went 15 yards on three tries and James Constante covered 14 yards on two attempts.
The Agua Dulce Longhorns were never in the game as the Eagles dominated right from the opening kick. The Eagles opened the offense up and found they could score virtually at will against the “Horns. Beck was good on four PAT kicks, including one drop-kick effort.
Friday’s game will be considered a home game for the Eagles. The Sabinal Yellowjackets come in as District 15-1A DII’s third-seeded club but they are dangerous, according to Marbach.
“Sabinal is a talented team. Their offense is very dynamic and their defense has lots of speed. Our guys are excited about having the opportunity to go play in a playoff atmosphere,” Marbach said.
“We will have to play our best.”