The Eaglets will travel to Runge tonight to play the Stingers again for the start of district play. Kickoff is 5 p.m..
“We did not win this game, but we saw a lot of good things from our younger players who really stepped up tonight”, said Coach Jerry Howell. “Since we are a seventh and eighth grade combined team, we have a lot of players move around. Our linemen blocked really well tonight and our defense has made great progress as evidenced by the stand we made in the fourth quarter when Runge had the ball first and goal on our four-yard line and we stopped them cold.”
The game began as a defensive struggle since neither team was able to move the ball. Both teams came out with a lot of enthusiasm and energy and it was clearly evident by the hard tackling from both teams, the coach said
With 1:30 left in the first quarter, Runge quarterback Rob Molina was lined up to punt on a fourth down from his own 24. Molina was just able to escape the rush by the Eaglets and he was able to get behind everyone for a 76 yard touchdown run. Travis Perez ran the two-point try in and the Stingers led 8-0 after one quarter.
The hard hitting defenses of both teams dominated the second quarter as neither team was able to muster any offense. The first half of play ended with Runge still clinging to an 8-0 lead.
In the third quarter the Stingers got the ball near midfield and after three plays, Molina escaped around the right side for a 38-yard score. Perez again carried the two-point conversion and the Stingers led 16-0 after three quarters.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Molina punted the ball deep into Eaglet territory. The ball took a friendly bounce for the Stingers forcing Eaglet return man Robert Arriaga to field the ball with momentum carrying him into his own end zone. Perez and Corey Barnes teamed up to stop Arriaga for a two-point safety.
The Stingers got the ball right back and moved to the Eaglet four when the Eaglet defense made a stand. The Eaglets took over and moved the ball quickly to near midfield on runs by Jake Henderson and Garrett Horner when time expired.
“We get to play them again at their house,” continued Coach Howell. “Since they have not competed in the UIL the past couple of years we did not know what to expect from them. This will be our first district game and we will take what we learned from this game and use it to help us over at their place.”