“We improved in several of the areas that we needed to improve, but there is still plenty of work to do,” said Eagle head coach Steve Marbach.
“We are excited to get our first win of 2010.”
It was a defensive battle through the first two quarters as neither team could get its offense moving. The Eagles were limited to a Ryan Beck field goal of 20 yards in the first quarter for an early 3-0 lead.
The Lions gained the lead with a second quarter touchdown and extra point to make the scoreboard read 7-3 in favor of the home team. That total was on the scoreboard the rest of the first half. The Eagles went into the locker room at the break trailing by those same four points.
The second half belonged to the Pettus boys. Beck found Hunter Tomlin open for a 49-yard scoring aerial early in the third quarter as the Eagles regained the lead at 10-7.
The Eagle defense held the Lions and got the ball back in the hands of Beck. The Eagle QB then scored on a nine-yard scamper and made good on the PAT kick for a 17-7 lead over the Lions with 2:05 left in the third period.
That was just enough time for the Lions to attack. It took a 70-yard aerial from QB Rolando Zepeda to Tristan Mejia to put the Kenedy squad back in the ball game at 17-14 entering the fourth quarter.
The Pettus defense played well in the fourth and kept the Lions at bay the entire quarter. Beck ran for one more touchdown at the 8:20 mark of the fourth to clinch the game. It was a four-yard scamper and his kick for the PAT was good to make the eventual final score a 23-14 victory for the Eagles.
Beck finished the night with 107 yards rushing on 14 carries and got help in the rushing game from Andrew Parker, who picked up 85 yards on 17 totes. Beck threw for another 189 yards on a 8-16-0 performance while Parker made one completion in four tries for 12 yards. The Eagles amassed 449 yards of offense against the Lions.
Casey Jones hauled in three passes for 83 yards while Tomlin caught six passes, good for 118 yards and the one TD.
The Eagles will be at home this Friday night when they entertain the Cotulla Cowboys.
Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.
“They’re a big 2A school with lots of big kids. They are aggressive and run the ball well,” Marbach said.
“We will have to have a good game up front and continue to improve our execution in all three phases of the game. Special teams will be just as important in this game as our execution on offense or defense.”