“It feels great to be 5-0 but, we still have a lot of football to play”, said a very excited T.J. Garcia. “Coach Miller said we needed to do a better job of wrapping up and being aggressive. That is exactly what we worked on at practice all week and it paid off for us tonight. We came out hitting hard and we did not let up.”
The Longhorns came out firing as they intercepted a pass on Woodsboro’s first possession giving them the ball on the Eagle 14 yard line. That momentum would be short-lived as the Eagle defense would hold on four plays. Jared Martinez sacked a Longhorn runner for a six yard loss and David Carmichael knocked a pass down in the end zone. The Longhorns managed to score but, an illegal block negated the only highlight of the evening for them.
Facing a third and nine on the Eagles very next possession, Andy Villareal ran 51 yards around the left side to give his team a first and goal at the Longhorn two yard line. Debray Bonner muscled his way in on the next play for the Eagles first score. Garcia kicked the extra point to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead after one quarter of play.
Midway through the second quarter Lionel Brown intercepted a pass to give his team the ball back at the Eagle 37 yard line. Bonner busted through a gaping hole and outran everyone for a 63 yard touchdown. The two point conversion failed and the Eagles led 13-0.
On the Longhorns very next possession, Carmichael alertly recovered a fumble giving the Eagles great field position at the Longhorn 38 yard line. The Eagles took advantage as two plays later quarterback Tyler Quesada scampered in from 28 yards out for a touchdown. Bonner hit Jacob Nesloney with a pass for the two point conversion to extend the Eagles lead to 21-0.
With less than three minutes left in the first half, the Eagles faced a third and long from their 16 yard line. Quesada found another big hole in the line and raced 82 yards to give his team a first and goal at the Longhorn two yard line. Two plays later, Quesada threw a perfect high pass to receiver Logan Moses who, “out-beasted” his defender for a touchdown catch. The extra point try was no good and the half ended with the Eagles leading 27-0.
“We did not come out aggressive and they did”, said lineman Mikey Barraza who recorded several tackles and a fumble recovery on the night. “We got hit first, regrouped, and then came out fired up. Our line knows that if we do our job, our teammates will take care of the rest. A lot of us rotate positions on both sides of the ball and we are always ready to help wherever our team needs us.”
The second half began with the Longhorns trying to regain momentum as they attempted an onsides kick. Daniel Ochoa alertly recovered for the Eagles near midfield giving the Longhorns a sign of things to come. On the very next play, Quesada heaved a 51 yard bomb to Villareal for a touchdown. Quesada would also sneak in for the two point conversion to extend the Eagles lead to 35-0.
The Longhorns misfortunes would continue on their next possession as Martinez recovered a fumble at the Longhorn 30 yard line. Several plays later, Quesada scored from the six yard line. Garcia kicked the extra point to make it 42-0 after three quarters of play.
The Eagles would add one more score in the fourth quarter as Bonner ran one in from 24 yards out for his third touchdown of the night. Garcia again kicked the extra point to finish the Eagles scoring on the night.
“We would like to invite our whole community to come out for our homecoming game against Benavides”, said Garcia and Barraza. “This is our last game before district play starts and we will do our very best to give y’all a homecoming victory. It really means a lot to all of us to have our fans rooting for us at our games.”
Woodsboro will host the Benavides Eagles this Friday night for homecoming. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.