The win sets the stage for a rematch with Bruni for the final playoff spot in District 16-A Div. 2. The Eagles will have to win by 14 points in order to claim the final playoff spot.
“This feels really great because it was our homecoming and our last time to play on our field,” said seniors Tyler Garza and Daniel Ortega. “We put ourselves in a position to get back into the playoffs. We have been here before and we will do our best to make it happen next week.”
The Eagle defense also recovered three fumbles including one on the opening kickoff to set the tone for the game. The Longhorns got as close as the Eagle 29 - and 35-yard lines on two occasions but were stopped both times on fourth and five.
Not to be outdone, Woodsboro’s offense used Tyler Quesada, Ortega, Dillon Starr, Flores and Lionel Brown to churn out yardage with their running game.
The Eagles’ first score came on the heels of Flores’s first interception at the Longhorn 25. Six plays later, Quesada snuck in from one-yard out for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was no good and Woodsboro led 6-0 with 4:55 left in the first half.
The Longhorns got the ball at their own 41-yard line and two plays later, Flores had his second interception, giving his team great field position again.
The Eagles used a 17-yard pass from Quesada to Brown and a 30-yard pass from Quesada to Flores to move the ball inside the Longhorn 10-yard line. Brown ran it in from seven-yards out for a score. Quesada converted the two-point try, giving Woodsboro a 14-0 lead at halftime.
After a scoreless third quarter, both teams exchanged the ball to start the fourth quarter. With just over 9 minutes left in the game the Longhorns faced a fourth and three from their own 33.y
The Eagle defense responded and stopped the Longhorns one yard shy. Three plays later, Brown scampered around the left side for a 26-yard touchdown run. Quesada ran in the two-point try for Woodsboro’s final score.
After two more possessions by both teams, the Eagles stopped the Longhorns on their last drive at their 22. Quesada would take two knees to end the game.
“We have to go to Bruni and win by 14 points,” Garza said. “We expect them to be at their best so we will have to be even better.”
Bruni and Woodsboro run the same offense.
“They have a couple of speedy backs,” Garza said. “ Our defense will have to be at its very best.”
The Eagles will use ball control to stop Bruni.
“We will need to stick to our running game, our line will need to block just like they did tonight, and we will need to take better care of the ball,” Ortega said. “Bottom line is we will have to play our best game of the year if we want our season to continue.”
The Eagles will travel to Bruni to take on the Badgers this Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.