Special to the County Press
PETTUS — The Pettus Eagles used a fourth and one goal line stand and the experience of senior quarterback Ryan Beck to keep the Woodsboro Eagles scoreless in the 28-0 Pettus win in this year’s “Bird Bowl” game.
The loss keeps Woodsboro win less on the year and puts the Eagles in the familiar position of having to win each remaining four district games to get into the playoffs for a fourth consecutive year.
Pettus came into the game with one of the area’s best offenses, having put up 30 or more points several times this year. Woodsboro held Pettus scoreless for the first 16 minutes of the game.
Not until the eight-minute mark of the second quarter did Pettus begin to move the ball. Prior to that, Woodsboro was knocking on the door and very close to turning the tide on Pettus.
Facing a fourth down and goal from the Pettus one-yard-line, junior quarterback Tyler Quesada attempted a sneak and was stopped just inches short of the goal line by the Pettus defense. The goal line stand was the momentum changer that Pettus was looking for.
“I really thought I was over the goal line,” said Quesada. “The referees saw it differently. That’s just part of the game. We will not make excuses.”
Quesada said the play changed the momentum of the game.
“We were down and they took advantage and drove the length of the field,” Quesada said. “We just could not get it going again after that.”
Pettus used its mix of run and pass offense to build a 22-0 lead at the end of the first half. Each time Woodsboro built any type of offensive drive, Pettus stepped up the defense to stop the Eagles.
Woodsboro started the third quarter at their own 20-yard line and put together a 17 play drive into Pettus territory but, penalties and a fourth and 10 were too much for the Eagles to overcome.
The Eagles continued valiantly throughout the game. Senior Daniel Ortega delivered a hard shot to a Pettus receiver to cause a fumble recovered by Woodsboro.
Pettus scored their last touchdown with 8:23 left when Beck scampered in from 13 yards out.
Woodsboro was unable to get anything going on two more possessions before time ran out.
“When we held them scoreless that first quarter I thought our chances of beating them were great,” continued Quesada. Our team hearts were beating as one. We made some big stops during this game but, they made the big plays when they needed to. We give them credit. They are a good team.”
Quesada said the team finds itself in the same position as last season.
“We will need to win the rest of our games to get in the playoffs,” Quesada said. “I know our team can get it done and I hope everyone will continue to support us.”
The Eagles will host the Runge Yellowjackets this Friday night.
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.