Woodsboro battled valiantly but, not being able to score in the first and third quarters, put the Eagles in a hole from which they were never able to recover.
“We knew they were a good team and that it would be tough to stop their offense,” said Coach Brad Vickers. “Both teams improved since our last meeting and Bruni made some big plays tonight and we had some key turnovers that helped them. Our players fought hard tonight and we just came out on the short end of the stick. I am very proud of our whole team and for the effort everyone gave throughout the year.”
Bruni’s first big play came on the opening kickoff when Aaron Ramirez returned the kick 74 yards for a score. The Eagles came right back and put together a magnificent drive that stalled on the Badger 35-yard line when the ball was turned over on downs. Three plays after taking over, Bruni’s Daryl Garcia broke loose for the first of his three scores of the night.
The Eagles appeared to get back in the game during the second quarter when they got the ball at the Badger 48-yard line. Four plays later, Ruben Garcia got some great blocks from the offensive line to go straight up the middle for a 34-yard touchdown run.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, the Badgers immediately responded. Bruni’s Garcia broke free for another score just before the half ended to put the Badger’s up 22-6.
Bruni scored twice in the third quarter and held the Eagles scoreless to take a comfortable lead going the final 12 minutes.
In the fourth quarter, Mario Trevino hit Clint Bingenheimer with a 23-yard touchdown pass. Ronnie Martinez ran the ball in for the two-point conversion.
Joseph Perez alertly recovered the ensuing onsides kick to give the Eagles the ball again. Bruni responded with a good defensive stand and another score.
Late in the game, Trevino scored for the Eagles on a four-yard run. The Eagles matched the Badgers in total offense, 406 yards to 415 yards. The Eagles also had 19 first downs compared to Bruni’s 13.
Martinez led the Eagles with 89 yards rushing, Anthony Hernandez had 76 yards; Trevino, 70 yards; Ruben Garcia, 50; Ray Lopez 26; and Marcus Jaramillo, 2.
Jaramillo also had 18 yards receiving, Josh Jones, 52; and Bingenheimer, 23. Trevino finished with 93 yards passing.
“Obviously this is not the way we wanted our season to end but, this is part of putting the bricks in place to pave the way for success,” added Vickers.
“We are on the right path and we will need to continue with the same commitment and dedication from this point on, as we have had this season.
“We have some young players coming up that we feel will be able to step right in and do a good job for us. We are losing eight seniors that we will miss.
“Our seniors helped lay the foundation of our program. We thank each one of them for everything they have done for us and we wish them all the best.
“If you don’t believe, you don’t belong is not just our motto, it is a way of life for Eagle athletes, coaches, and fans. Thanks to our loyal fans for all the great support we have received.
“Our players and coaches sincerely appreciate it. We will continue to work hard and make our program a model that everyone can be proud of.”