Even 48 minutes would not be enough to decide this game as Connor Krcha kicked a 37-yard field goal in overtime to help the Wildcats spoil the Eagles district finale, 24-21.
Playing as if their very lives depended on the outcome, both teams put on quite an impressive show for the fans in attendance. Heart, pride, and pure love for the game are what make the Friday night lights special in Texas.
The Eagles will now face a familiar foe in the bi-district round of the playoffs as they take on the Bruni Badgers. The playoff contest takes place tonight in Falfurrias with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
“We let this one slip away from us,” said senior Dillan Blaker. “We have got to keep our heads up and play our game. We cannot afford to help the other team. We are in the playoffs and now it will be up to us to keep our season going.”
Yorktown struck first as Jonathan Wakefield hit Jayden Barefield with a 61-yard touchdown pass. The pass came very close to being intercepted as Marcus Jaramillo came within inches of the ball on a great diving attempt.
The Eagles responded with a seven-minute, 80-yard drive of their own. Linemen David Muro, Josh Fierova, Ernest Yanez, Keith Young, Ryan Cisneros, Victor Flores, Frankie Flores and Tyler Garza pushed back the Wildcat front four all night giving the Eagle backs plenty of room to run. Ronnie Martinez capped the drive with a two-yard plunge to cut the Wildcats lead to 7-6.
In the second quarter, the Eagle defense came up huge as they stopped the Wildcats on a fourth down and two at the Eagle 30-yard line. With just under three minutes to go in the half, Yorktown went back to their air attack as Wakefield would find Barefield on a 70-yard pass and Loren Koehler on a 10-yard pass to give the Wildcats a 21-6 lead at the half.
Woodsboro would open the third quarter by driving 70 yards before Mario Trevino found a seam on the left side for a five-yard score. Trevino then hit Clint Bingenheimer with a short pass for the two-point conversion to cut the lead to 21-14.
Later in the quarter, the Eagle defense came through again as Jonathan Jaramillo intercepted a pass and returned it 25 yards to the Wildcat 28-yard line.
A couple of plays into the fourth quarter, Trevino hit Bingenheimer with a 28-yard pass for a score. Josh Jones kicked the important extra point to tie the game at 21-21.
Trevino had to come out of the game as he was hit by two Yorktown defenders after releasing the ball. Both teams exchanged the ball several times in the final stanza with the Wildcats coming very close to scoring on one drive.
Facing a fourth and two at the Eagle 10-yard line, Yorktown opted to go for the first down instead of the go ahead field goal. Matt Escamilla pressured Wakefield into throwing an errant pass that sailed out of bounds to end the threat. Regulation time ended with the Eagles at their 30-yard line.
In the overtime period, Woodsboro drove inside the five-yard line when Jonathan Jaramillo had the ball stripped from him to end the Eagles possession.
The Wildcats got the ball next and the “mean green hitting machine” stopped them cold on three consecutive tries. Krcha came on and ended the game with his winning field goal.
“We will need to keep working hard and get ready for next week,” Blaker added. “This is not our last game and we need to remember that. Hard work and playing as a team will keep us going next week and beyond.
“The playoffs were one of our goals and teamwork is what got us here. Now, it is time for us to take that next step. On behalf of my teammates, I hope that our loyal believers will be there to take that next step with us.”