“This was a good win for us. It sends us into district competition on a winning note,” said head coach Steve Marbach.
“Even though we got the win, there is a list of things that we must improve on this week, in order to be ready for our district opener against Bruni.”
The Eagles opened the scoring with an 80-yard scamper from Josh Herrera in the first quarter. Herrera also made the two-point conversion run to give the home team an early 8-0 advantage.
In the second period, the scoreboard did not rest. Pettus added 20 more points and the Pride put up two TD’s. Two Pettus touchdowns were scored by Casey Jones, one on a 80-yard kickoff return and the other was on a 20-yard pass play from QB Ryan Beck.
Beck rushed one in from one yard out for the final score of the first half. The teams went into the locker rooms for the break with the Eagles holding a 28-13 led over the visitors.
“Our offense is starting to get it going pretty well over these last couple of games. We averaged over 8.9 yards every time we snapped the ball, which is a fantastic total,” Marbach said.
“We also did a better job of ball security this week by not giving up any turnovers.”
The second half was played evenly, both teams scoring a touchdown apiece in each of the final two quarters. The Eagles got an 11-yard scoring aerial from Beck to Dylan Lopez and then Jones added his third TD of the night on a blocked field goal return in the fourth quarter.
Kingsville Academy moved the ball all night on the Eagle defense, amassing over 450 yards of total offense, but found it difficult to score against the Eagle “D”.
“Our defense gave up over 450 yards of offense to Kingsville. We are going to have to do a much better job in several different areas defensively this week,” Marbach said.
Herrera led the Eagle rushing attack with 101 yards on just five carries. Beck added 61 yards rushing on 10 attempts. John Constante contributed eight yards on three rushes.
Beck connected on nine of 18 passes for 151 yards and three TD’s. Jones had five catches good for 75 yards an two scores. Taylor Yeoman hauled in three of Beck’s passes for 56 yards. Herrera made one catch for 20 yards.
The Eagles host Bruni on Friday in the District 16-1A Division II opener for both teams.