The Beavers used a power-running game and a multiple-set offense to keep the Eagles guessing. Defensively, the Beavers used their quickness to the ball to keep the Eagle offense in check throughout the contest. The Eagles made some adjustments in the second half, holding the Beavers to just seven points but, were still unable to get anything going offensively.
“They used a lot of different formations that had us confused but, we made some adjustments at halftime to concentrate on stopping their running game,” said senior linebacker Daniel ‘Hit Man’ Ortega. “We recovered a couple of fumbles and held them to one touchdown. They stopped us when they needed to. We make no excuses; they played a good game.”
Ortega recovered one of those fumbles in the Eagles end zone to stop a drive. Freshman defensive end Jacob Nesloney recovered another fumble. Offensively, the Eagles were led by Dillon Starr, Jonathan Flores and Tyler Quesada.
Quesada made an exciting run in the third quarter on a third and long to give the Eagles some momentum.
“I know it does not look like we have made any progress, but I can tell you we have improved a lot since our first scrimmage,” continued Ortega. “I have seen us get better and our goal of making the playoffs again has not changed. I have seen us in this very same position before and I am confident we can get it done.”
The Eagles will enjoy a bye this week. Ortega said his team will use the bye to concentrate on academics, heal some injuries, and practice, practice, practice.
The Eagles will travel to Pettus on Friday Oct. 7 for their second district game.
Ortega expects Pettus to be a very formidable opponent. “Pettus is always tough at home, we will need to play smart and hard for 48 minutes to win,” Ortega said.