The Seahawks returned several starters including three-year quarterback Heston Van Fleet and it was obvious from their first possession that they are a much improved and confident team. Riviera scored 13 points in the first two minutes of the game using a mix of runs and long passes to keep the young Eagle defense guessing.
“I am disappointed that we lost but, I am not going to continue thinking about it”, said junior quarterback Tyler Quesada. “I am so proud of each and every one of my teammates for not giving up and giving their all till the final whistle. We still have a whole season ahead of us. We have been here before and we just need to stick together and be playing our best by the time district play comes around.”
The Seahawks built a 26-0 lead with 9:25 left in the first half and were moving the ball into Eagle territory when sophomore sensation Jonathan Flores stepped in front of a pass and returned it 57 yards to the Seahawk seven-yard line. Three plays later, Quesada plunged in from the three-yard line for the Eagles lone score. A two-point conversion was stopped.
The Eagles had some luck moving the ball in the second half with Flores carrying most of the load, rushing for 63 yards on the night. The Seahawk defense rose to the occasion when needed and stopped Woodsboro’s momentum each time.
“We are very proud of our kids for playing every minute of this game,” said Coach Brad Vickers. “We knew that starting this week we were going to face some much bigger schools that are very fast and have a lot more players than we do.
“We play these bigger schools for a reason and that is to give our younger players the chance to see the pace that the varsity level is played at. This experience will allow us to be ready for district play.”
Win or lose, Vickers said the goal was to become a better team.
“We have a lot of young players and some returning players on our team that have never experienced the pace of a varsity game,” Vickers said. “It is very different when you are actually on the field of play versus watching from the sideline. Our kids learned a lot from this game and we did improve on both sides of the ball tonight. That is what we will hang our hat on.”
Woodsboro will host Luling this Friday night at Eagle stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.