Disappointment and tears flowed from every single player wearing green and white. District rival Falls City brought the Eagles historic season to an end in the Class 1A Division II regional semifinals.
Waiting to console their beloved team was the multitude of faithful fans that have followed their Eagles to every game this season. There would be no disappointment from any of the fans wearing green and white.
In fact, the Eagle fans celebrated what was the deepest playoff run Woodsboro has made since 1980.
The Falls City Beavers took advantage of several uncharacteristic turnovers by the Eagles and handed Woodsboro the loss. The Eagles finished the season with a multitude of team records that included 10 wins and only three losses this season. Two of those losses came at the hands of Falls City.
“We had turnovers, we missed tackles, and we made some mistakes that really hurt us tonight,” said Coach Wade Miller. “You cannot do that against a good team like Falls City and expect to get away with it. We did not play well tonight and it cost us. We had an opportunity to tie this game early on and they stopped us and then scored. That was a turning point tonight.”
The Beavers took an early 7-0 lead with 8:11 left in the first quarter. Woodsboro followed with an 11-play, 55-yard drive that stalled on the Beaver three-yard line. On fourth and goal at the three, Falls City came up with a huge defensive play to stop the Eagles from scoring. The Beavers were able to drive the ball to midfield before Jonathan Flores intercepted a pass to stop the drive.
Falls City held the Eagles explosive offense in check and managed to score two more times taking a 20-0 lead at halftime.
The Eagles woes continued into the third quarter as the Beavers opened the second half by scoring in just two plays to take a commanding 26-0 lead. The Eagle turnovers began on their very next series with a fumble.
The Eagles did not score until the 1:25 mark of the third quarter when Lionel Brown hit Jacob Nesloney with an eight-yard touchdown pass. Conner Payne’s kick was blocked.
The Beavers would score twice more in the fourth quarter before they began to run out the clock and seal the win.
The Eagles ended their season with an offense that scored 467 points and a defense that allowed only 253 points. The offense averaged 35.12 points per game while the defense allowed just 19.6 points per game.
Debray Bonner rushed for 1,560 yards, Tyler Quesada rushed for 1,100 yards, and threw for several hundred more along the way.
“Our season did not end the way we wanted it to, but our kids exceeded all of my expectations,” Miller said. “It was a phenomenal season. For us to go from 2-8 to 10-3, I could not be prouder of them.
“Our kids and coaches worked their tails off this year. They did everything we asked them to do and they are a great group of young men. We can expect more of the same next year.
“I expect us to come back and win 10 or more games next year. I expect our success in our fall sports to continue into our other sports and we are going back to the weight room, the practice field, and the classroom to get even better for next year.
“Our kids want to win now and they expect to win. I just coach the way I always have and they seem to respond, so we plan on being even better next year.
“Thanks to our whole community for the support we have received this year. Please keep coming out to support our kids in all of our other sports this school year as well.”