The Luling Eagles came in just two years removed from Class 3A to Class 2A and a very-much improved team. Their size and speed were obvious and along with several turnovers, too much for Woodsboro to overcome.
Although the score will never indicate it, our Eagles played with courage, dignity, and showed improvement against a formidable opponent. One thing is certain about this year’s Eagles, they never give up.
“Coach Vickers told us this would be the fastest team we would see all year,” said Tyler Garza, senior lineman. “They were every bit fast. I am very proud of all of my teammates. We had to endure some adversity off the field and we put it behind us and came together as a team. That is all that matters.”
Woodsboro kicked off to start the game and it appeared that Luling was not prepared for the intensity the Eagles came out with. The ball went past Luling’s return man and he was pinned immediately at his own nine-yard line by senior Daniel Ortega. Three plays later, the upstart Woodsboro defense forced a punt.
Woodsboro was unable to muster any offense on its first series and punted after three plays. On a third and long, a Luling receiver managed to get behind Woodsboro’s defense for a 54-yard touchdown pass. The play ignited Luling and they began to put their dominant speed to use.
Leading 35-0 with less than two minutes left in the first half, Luling was driving deep into Woodsboro territory. Facing a fourth and seven, sophomore Jonathan Flores broke up a pass that would have been a sure first down. Flores also came in to play quarterback for junior Tyler Quesada who suffered a knee injury midway through the second quarter.
“As a coaching staff we give our younger kids as many repetitions as we can to get them prepared,” said Coach Vickers. “We are going to take lumps in some areas because we are a young team but, we will not use that as an excuse.”
Vickers says the expectations remain the same.
“Our defense came up big a few times tonight and we saw some positive things out there that we will continue to build on,” Vickers said. “All-around consistency is where we want to be.”
Woodsboro will play its first road game next week as they take on the Louise Hornets. The Hornets are a Class 1A Division 1 team that has experienced playoff success the last few years and will be a tough challenge for Woodsboro.
“Louise is a little closer to our size in numbers but, they are also a very good team,” Garza said. “From here on out we get 1A schools so, aside from experience, things should be a little better balanced now. We are going there with the expectation of winning and getting ready to open district against Falls City.”
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Louise.