Led by senior running back Anthony Hernandez, who rushed for 139 yards on just eight carries and scored touchdown runs of 42, 12, and 46 yards. The Eagle offense hit on all cylinders the entire evening.
“I believe we made a statement tonight that when we play our best football, we will be tough for anyone,” said senior lineman Josh Fierova. “Playing the bigger schools early set the bar for our level of intensity.”
The Eagles scored on almost every drive as they churned out the yardage and took precious time off the clock each time they got the ball. Mario Trevino moved from tailback to quarterback to replace injured Jose Esparza. Trevino never had to throw a pass the entire game.
The Eagle offense wound up with 457 yards rushing for the game. Eight different backs added to the yardage garnered by Hernandez. Trevino ran for 70 yards, Jonathan Jaramillo, 66 yards; Ronnie Martinez, 63 yards; Dominque Eskridge, 49 yards; Bryan Stewart, 24 yards; Ruben Garcia, 21 yards; Matt Garcia, 13 yards; and Ray Lopez, 12 yards.
The Eagles set the tone early on their very first drive, moving the ball with ease through and around the Runge defense. Hernandez wasted no time exciting the crowd when he took off around the left side for his 42-yard score. Josh Jones kicked the first of his six extra points of the night immediately afterward. The Eagles used their arsenal of speedy backs to build a comfortable 34-0 lead at the half.
On the defensive side, the “mean, green, hitting machine” was just as dominant holding the Yellowjackets to 81 total yards. This was the second time this season that the Eagle defense has not allowed an opponent to go over 100 yards on offense.
In the season opener, the Eagles held Agua Dulce to 83 total yards of offense. Hernandez and Marcus Jaramillo each came up with an interception for the Eagles. The Eagle defense had Runge quarterback Ryan Perez throwing on the run the entire evening with a relentless pass rush. The Yellowjackets managed a score late in the game when Perez hit Marcus Bryan with a 23-yard touchdown pass.
The Eagles scored twice in the first quarter on Hernandez’s run and a two-yard plunge by Trevino, and three times in the second quarter on a one yard burst by Ruben Garcia, a 12-yard run by Hernandez, and a 44-yard scamper by Martinez.
In the third quarter, Hernandez again broke free for a 46-yard run and Stewart scored from nine-yards out. In the fourth quarter, Jonathan Jaramillo executed a quarterback sneak that surprised everyone as he went untouched 64 yards to round out the scoring for Woodsboro.
“Coach Vickers made a statement to us this past week and his message was; weight room, weight room, weight room.,” Fierova said. “We heard him loud and clear because everybody stepped it up tonight especially our linemen on both sides of the ball.”
The Eagles will travel to Pettus this Friday night for the 2008 “Bird Bowl.” Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Pettus.
“I believe Pettus will present us with a hard challenge. They are a very similar team to us and they are always tough at home,” Fierova added. “We will need to continue to play at our very best and continue staying together as a team because that is what it takes to be successful, everyone being on the same page. We hope to see Pettus full of green because we play for the pride of our community.”