Eagles hold off Bloomington in season opening shootout
by By Henry Balderamas Special to the County Press
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Woodsboro Eagle Robert Arriaga, 30, holds a Bloomington player while Jacob Nesloney, 19, scores a touch down during the game last Friday.
Woodsboro Eagle Robert Arriaga, 30, holds a Bloomington player while Jacob Nesloney, 19, scores a touch down during the game last Friday.
WOODSBORO – The Woodsboro Eagles came flying out of the gate to score early and often and then held on to beat the stubborn Bloomington Bobcats 41-31 in Bloomington last Friday night. The game was the season opener for both teams.

The Eagles wasted no time in displaying their high octane offense. On their very first play from scrimmage, Eagle quarterback Lionel Brown hit receiver David Carmichael with a 28-yard pass. Jonathan Flores then broke free for a 20-yard run.

Brown capped the five-play, 88-yard drive with a 35-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jacob Nesloney. Dan Han kicked the extra point to give his Eagles a 7-0 lead after one quarter of play.

Brown opened the second quarter by following his blockers around the right side for a 38-yard touchdown run. Han again kicked the extra point to give his Eagles a 14-0 lead.

The Bobcats came right back with a score of their own to cut the lead to 14-6. The Eagles got the ball back with less than three minutes to go and took full advantage of the opportunity, going 63 yards in eight plays. The quick drive was capped by a 5-yard touchdown run by flanker Andres Villareal to give Woodsboro a 20-6 halftime lead.

“We wanted to come out scoring and continue scoring throughout the game,” said Villareal. “Last year it seemed like we never really got going until the second half. We want to change that this year. We need to execute the entire game.”

The Eagles opened the second half going 49 yards in three plays for another score. The drive was highlighted by a 29-yard Brown to Nelsoney pass and a five-yard touchdown run by Flores. Han again kicked the extra point extending the lead to 27-6.

The Bobcats switched to a ball control running game and were able to move the ball against the Eagle defense. The third quarter ended with Woodsboro up 27-13 and setting up what would be a wild fourth quarter.

Woodsboro dealt the first blow by scoring just nine seconds into the quarter as Flores sprinted around the left side for an 18-yard touchdown making it 33-13 Eagles. Bloomington came right back and scored with a touchdown of their own to cut the lead to 33-19 with 3:12 left in the game.

The Bobcats recovered a fumble deep in Eagle territory and punched it in from the 7-yard line to cut the lead to 33-25. After two previous onside kick attempts, the Bobcats tried kicking the ball deep.

Villareal scooped the ball up at his own 20-yard line and brought the Eagle fans to their feet with an exciting 80-yard touchdown return.

Coach Wade Miller then pulled a page from the 1985 Chicago Bears playbook. Senior lineman Brian “Bam-Bam” Wiginton was called on to run the ball in for the two point conversion giving his team a 41-25 lead with less than one minute to go.

The Bobcats scored on the final play of the game on a 42-yard touchdown pass to end the game.

“I was hoping they would kick the ball to me,” continued Villareal. “I knew what I wanted to do the minute I got my hands on the ball, and it turned out great for us. We have some work to do on defense, but we will get there.”

“I have always wanted to run the ball, and I am so grateful that Coach Miller gave me that opportunity tonight,” said Wiginton.

“My line opened a good hole for me, and I followed them into the end zone. It was a great feeling. We will need to work on conditioning as we were running out of gas in the last six minutes. That is unacceptable for us. We have to be ready to play four full quarters if we expect to win games. We also need to work on basic fundamentals. Our tackling needs to improve. We are also happy to add another weapon in Dan (Han). He worked on kicking over the summer and he is a great addition to our team.”

The Eagles will travel to Charlotte tonight to take on the Leakey Eagles. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
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