Both defenses dominated the game and when the struggle was over, Runge handed the Eagles a close 14-13 loss.
The Eagles now stand at 6-1 and 0-1 in district.
“We have no one to blame but ourselves,” said Robert Arriaga visibly disappointed. “We did not have a good week of practice and it showed tonight. We missed opportunities to win this game and we made a lot of little mistakes that cost us. We need to get back to concentrating on grades, practice, and maintaining the attitude it takes to win every day.”
On the Eagles’ first possession, running back Debray Bonner was stripped of the ball near midfield and the Runge defense recovered. The Yellow Jackets took full advantage of the turnover by driving 54 yards in six plays for a touchdown giving them a 7-0 lead after one quarter of play.
The Eagles would answer midway through the second quarter as they drove 71 yards in 11 plays capped by a Tyler Quesada five-yard touchdown run. T.J. Garcia kicked the extra point to tie the game at 7-7 with 7:40 left in the first half.
With less than three minutes left in the first half, the Yellow Jackets drove to the Eagle 20. On third and short, Dillon Starr and Jared Martinez sacked the quarterback for a 12-yard loss. Facing a fourth and long, the Yellow Jackets heaved a desperation pass into the end zone that was caught by a Runge receiver to make it 14-7 at the end of the first half.
The Eagles took the second half kickoff and marched 56 yards in 13 plays before Bonner busted his way into the end zone from two yards out. Garcia’s kick was just wide right making the score 14-13 after three quarters of play.
In the final 12 minutes, the Eagles seemed to gain momentum as they stopped the Yellow Jackets on a fourth down and less than one yard. Woodsboro was unable to muster any more offense and Runge ran the clock out to seal the win.
“We forgot what it was like to lose and now that it happened, we don’t want it to ever happen again,” said Trent Moses. “We had our chances in this game and we let them slip away. This is what happens when we do not focus on what we are supposed to. We will forget about this game and get ready for Pettus. What we will not forget is that we can never take anything for granted. We have to work hard every day if we want to remain a winning team.”
The Eagles will host the Pettus Eagles in their annual “Bird Bowl” clash this Friday night in Woodsboro.