In the final play of the game with 26 seconds left on the clock, Logan Moses intercepted a pass to give the Woodsboro Eagles to clinch a thrilling victory in Kenedy.
With this win, the Eagles remain unbeaten at 4-0 and the entire community is buzzing with excitement.
“Our boys are playing with trust and confidence in each other,” said Mike and Ruby Martinez, parents of senior Jared Martinez. “Our whole community is behind them and Eagle football has made Woodsboro a boomtown!”
A game that began as a scoring shoot-out turned into a first half of offense and a second half of defense. The Lions struck first, taking the opening kickoff and marching 43 yards in nine plays, culminating with a three-yard score.
Immediately before the Lion score, Debray Bonner scooped up a fumble and returned it 90 yards for an apparent Eagle touchdown. The play was nullified by an off-sides penalty against the Eagle defense.
With 4:35 left in the first quarter, quarterback Tyler Quesada fired a laser pass to Moses for a 62-yard touchdown. T.J. Garcia kicked the extra point to tie the game at 7-7.
The Lions answered on their next series with a 71-yard touchdown pass to take a 13-7 lead.
On the last play of the first quarter, Quesada fired a 45-yard pass to Andy Villareal to give the Eagles great field position to start the second quarter. On the next play, Brown hit Jacob Nesloney with a two-yard touchdown pass. The two-point try was no good and evened the score at 13-13.
“We had two touchdowns called back tonight but, all year long we have been taught to rise above the adversity and keep playing our hearts out,” said Villareal. “We made some adjustments at halftime to slow them down. We look to see what we are doing right and what we need to do better and that’s what we focus on. Our principal always tells us that we are Eagles and we must soar above the storm.”
With 4:50 left in the first half, the Lions scored on a 29-yard pass play and converted the two-point try to take a 21-13 lead. The Eagles came right back as Villareal out-raced everyone on a 55-yard reverse play.
Bonner bulled his way into the end zone for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 21-21 with 3:27 left in the first half.
The Eagles forced the Lions to punt after four plays and got the ball back with just under two minutes left in the first half. A 40-yard touchdown pass by the Eagles was negated by a penalty for an ineligible receiver down the field, ending the exciting first half with the two teams tied at 21-21.
The mean, green, wrecking machine made a huge defensive stand in the third quarter when it mattered most. The Lions drove deep into Eagle territory and had a first and goal at the Eagle nine-yard-line.
Three stops and an 11-yard sack of the quarteback by Justin Fierova ended the Lions threat and the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Quesada fired a 60-yard pass to Moses who made a sensational catch in the middle of two defenders.
The Eagle drive stalled and Brown hit a booming punt that was downed at the Lion one-yard-line by a hustling J.T. Blaschke. The Eagle defense held again, forcing the Lions to punt and set the stage for the dramatic ending.
“It feels great to be 4-0,” said a very happy Moses who had close to 200 yards receiving to go with his interception. “I am at a loss for words and I am almost tearing up with joy right now. We never stop believing in ourselves. Personally, I played for God tonight, He was my motivation tonight. We all love each other and we love Coach Miller. This was an amazing win for us.”
The Eagles will look to make it five in a row as they host the Agua Dulce Longhorns this Friday night in Woodsboro. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.