Earlier in the day, the annual parade saw a record of 42 entries and 900 pre-sale game tickets sold at Woodsboro High School. Throw in a 5-0 record, a Woodsboro Eagle football team looking to continue its momentum heading into district play, and you have all the makings of a night that will always be remembered.
Before a near sell-out crowd at Eagle stadium, Woodsboro continued its magical season Friday night. With the win, the Eagles extend their unbeaten mark to 6-0 as they head into district play.
Senior lineman Dustin Wilson who suffered a season-ending injury after the first game continues to be a presence for his team on the sidelines, at practice and in the classroom.
“I have played the past three years for this team and I love my teammates,” said a very happy Wilson. “There is no place I need to be right now except here supporting my team. It hurts not to be out on the field playing with my team but, I will not cry over spilled milk. This injury was beyond my control and now I will do whatever I still can to help my team. I am so proud of the way my team is playing but, I am even prouder of what we are doing in the classroom.”
The Eagles set the tone by scoring early and often. Trent Moses recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff giving his team great field position at the Benavides 20-yard-line. Three plays later, Debray “Beast” Bonner smashed his way in from four yards out to start the scoring onslaught for Woodsboro. The extra point kick was no good and the Eagles led 6-0 with only 1:15 gone off the clock.
The Eagles forced Benavides to punt and on the next play quarterback Tyler Quesada hit receiver Logan Moses on the run for an 88-yard touchdown pass. Coach Wade Miller immediately went to his bag of tricks on the extra point try that gave the Eagle alumni even more to cheer about.
The Eagles faked a kick and holder Logan Moses threw a two hand backward pass into the arms of Jacob Nesloney for two points to extend their lead to 14-0 with eight minutes still left in the first quarter.
The woes continued for Benavides as they fumbled on their next series and Jared Martinez alertly recovered for his Eagles. Three plays later, Bonner found the end zone again from seven yards out. The kick was blocked and the Eagles led 20-0 after one quarter of play.
Benavides would drive to the Eagle seven before the defense stopped the drive. The Eagles drove 82 yards in three plays, capped by a 30-yard touchdown scamper by Quesada. The kick was no good and the Eagles led 26-0 with just 30 seconds gone in the second quarter.
The fireworks continued as Freddie Arriaga recovered another fumble for the Eagles at their 43. On the next play, Bonner busted loose for an exciting 57-yard run to the end zone. T.J. Garcia kicked the extra point to make it 33-0.
On the Eagles next series, Lionel Brown broke free for a 70-yard touchdown run. Garcia kicked another extra point to make it 40-0.
Benavides managed to punch one in to make it 40-6 with three seconds left as they kicked off. Andy “Speedy” Villareal scooped up the kick and out raced everyone down the left sideline for a 72-yard touchdown. The kick was no good and the half ended with the Eagles up 46-6.
“Our coaches have brought a lot of enthusiasm and Coach Miller is on top of us when it comes to grades,” said Nesloney. “We work on defensive drills a lot and our coaches have said that if we do not get better with each week, we will not reach our goals. We start district now and it does not get any easier. We will need to continue giving it our all and take it one game at a time.”
Wyatt Foss recovered an onsides kick to start the second half and three plays later Villareal scored the Eagles final touchdown on a 22-yard run. Garcia kicked the extra point to make it 53-6. Bonner, Brown, Quesada, Villareal, Jonathan Flores and Mario Garcia combined for 429 rushing yards on the night.
“I hoped to be 6-0 going into district and our kids have worked hard for this,” said a very pleased Coach Miller. “Runge is a big physical team and they run the ball well. This will be a good battle between two good teams that are both successful right now. Our kids know that we have to keep improving on what we are doing if we want to remain successful. They are so happy now and they know that letting up can take this feeling away. We really appreciate all of the support our community has given us and we need them more than ever now with district starting up.”
The Eagles will travel to Runge this Friday night to take on the Yellowjackets. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.