With the win, the Eagles District 31A record remains unblemished at 3-0. The Eagles will travel to Falls City this Friday to take on the Beavers who are also 3-0 in District 31A. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. This game will be important for both teams as the winner will have sole possession of first place going into the final week of play.
“I am so excited for our players and coaches because of all the hard work that is paying off for us,” said Coach Brad Vickers. “I am also excited for our community because they have been supportive of us from the start. I have always maintained that a key to our success is knowing that we have the full support of our community.
“Falls City will be tough but, we have what it takes to go up there and win. We will need to stay with our game plan, execute, and make things happen for us.
“We have a great group of young men that believe in each other and believe in our system. This is what has made us successful thus far and this team belief is what will continue to make us successful.”
The “mean green hitting machine” started and ended the game with solid hits on the Charlotte receivers. Early in the game, Charlotte faced a fourth and long at the Eagle 26 yard line. Ronnie Martinez delivered a hard hit to a Trojan receiver knocking the ball loose. Later in the first quarter, linebacker Clint Bingenheimer slammed Charlotte quarterback Victor Duran to the ground for a 14-yard loss.
Both teams continued the exchange of hits and the ball until late in the second quarter when the Eagles scored the only points they would need as Martinez followed his linemen for a two-yard touchdown plunge. Josh Jones kicked the extra point giving the Eagles a 7-0 lead at, the end of the first half of play.
In the third quarter with Charlotte driving into Eagle territory, Dominique Eskridge tipped a pass intended for Trojan receiver Jake Goudeau and Marcus Jaramillo came up with a sensational diving catch to stop the Trojans.
“We needed a stop and Dominique (Eskridge) made a great play on his man and I was able to get my hands on the ball before it hit the ground,” said Jaramillo. “We all know each other from playing together for so long and Clint (Bingenheimer) is our leader out there. He is the heart and soul of our defense. We are all brothers out there and we believe our family can do anything.”
The drama continued into the final 12 minutes as both teams traded hits like two heavyweight prize fighters. Neither team’s defense would budge stopping their opponents just as they gained some momentum.
With 2:23 left in the game, the Trojans had the ball first and goal on the Eagle three. The Eagle defense held on four consecutive tries to keep the Trojans from scoring.
The Eagles took over and could not get past their five-yard line as penalties cost them some much needed breathing room. Charlotte had already burned their three timeouts so, Coach Vickers opted to run the clock down and have punter Jonathan Parker take a safety with 14 seconds left.
On the ensuing kick, Bingenheimer outraced everyone downfield and immediately tackled the Trojans return man at his own 43-yard line. Two plays later, Martinez ended the game by delivering another hard shot to Trojan receiver Josh Villalobos as soon as he caught the ball to seal the victory for Woodsboro.
Ruben Garcia led all rushers with 60 yards, Martinez added 47 yards, Anthony Hernandez ran for 34 yards before being injured, and Mario Trevino, Bryan Stewart, and Jaramillo also ran the ball well for the Eagles.
“This feels great,” said Hernandez. “We are all sticking together and stepping up when the time comes. Our team set some goals and we are very close to accomplishing them. We will need to continue working hard and playing our best. We proved to ourselves that we can compete with bigger teams and 3-0 feels great.”
“We are fighting to get into the playoffs,” Jones said. “Hopefully we can heal up this week and get ready for Falls City. Our team is on a great ride right now and we want it to end with a bang. Thanks to everyone that has come out to support us and we hope to see a lot of our green pride in Falls City next week.”