The win keeps Woodsboro undefeated at 2-0 in District 31-A play. The Eagles will now entertain the Charlotte Trojans at 7:30 Friday night at Eagle Stadium.
Down by seven points with a little over a minute left, Pettus faced a third and goal from the Woodsboro three-yard line when Jaramillo made his game-saving pick.
“It felt so good, like a huge weight off of our shoulders.” said Jaramillo. “Our defense needed a clutch stop and we came through when we needed to. It is great to get a win against our rival and stay unbeaten in district, especially playing alongside my brother.”
Jaramillo shares the defensive backfield with his brother Marcus.
Jaramillo’s interception gave Woodsboro a first down at their 20. The game was far from decided as Pettus still had two time outs left. Facing a third down and nine yards for a first down, quarterback Mario Trevino broke free around the right side for a 60-yard run deep into Pettus territory to seal the victory. Trevino took a knee on the next play to let the clock run out.
On Woodsboro’s fourth play of the game, starting quarterback Jose Esparza was injured and had to leave the game. Lineman Keith Young also suffered an injury and came out.
The extent of both players’ injuries was unknown.
Woodsboro punted and Clint Bingenheimer recovered the ball at the Pettus 17-yard line after Aaron Escamilla was unable to handle the punt.
Woodsboro took advantage of the gift as Ruben Garcia pounded his way in from the one-yard line for the first score of the game. Josh Jones added the first of his three kicks to give Woodsboro a lead that they would never relinquish.
Pettus answered with a touchdown of their own as Escamilla hit C.J. Gill with a 32-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was no good, cutting Woodsboro’s lead to 7-6.
The wild first quarter was not over as Woodsboro came storming back. Trevino hit Bingenheimer with a 40-yard pass to give the Eagles great field position at the Pettus 30.
Two plays later, Ronnie Martinez ran through the Pettus defense for a 29-yard TD. Martinez appeared to be stopped as he was surrounded by three defenders but, made a show-stopping spin move to slip through for the score.
Martinez led all rushers with 96 yards on just nine carries. Martinez, a sophomore, has come up huge for Woodsboro on both sides of the ball.
“We have been working very hard at practice, our line opens the holes, and I just keep moving my feet,” said Martinez. “That last defensive stand was huge for us. We were looking for the pass and Jonathan (Jaramillo) came through.”
The last of the scoring came with less than two minutes left in the half. Woodsboro was driving and faced a fourth down and one yard for a first down when Martinez broke several tackles for a 13-yard gain to keep the Eagle drive going.
With 48 seconds left, Anthony Hernandez scored on a 22-yard run to put the Eagles up 21-6.
Pettus would not go away, however, as Justin Duran took the ensuing kickoff and out-raced everyone 88 yards down the sideline for a TD. Duran also converted for two-points and cut the lead to 21-14 at the end of the first half.
The second half turned out to be a defensive struggle between two teams that just could not get anything going against each other. Time and time again, both defenses put the brakes on each other, not allowing a score.
Jaramillo and Matt Escamilla each recovered a fumble for Woodsboro. Escamilla also batted down a pass on a Pettus third down and 10. Pettus got the ball one last time with 4:32 left at the Eagle 42-yard line to set the stage for their last drive that ended at the Eagle three-yard line.
Trevino added 80 yards rushing and completed three passes for 49 yards, Hernandez rushed for 47 yards, Esparza, Garcia, Marcus Jaramillo, and Bryan Stewart each carried part of the running load, and Bingenheimer, Hernandez, and Dillan Blaker came up with a big pass catches for Woodsboro.
Jonathan Parker, who punted five times for the Eagles averaging 41 yards per punt added, “We are all very excited. We want to get in the playoffs. This was a big win for us because we knew Pettus plays tough at home. They moved the ball on us so, we made some adjustments on defense and we came through when it was crunch time.
“Charlotte is coming to our house and Coach Vickers has said that they are the most improved team in the district. We will need to continue to give it our all at practice and not let anything distract us from accomplishing our goals.”