WOODSBORO – The Woodsboro Eagles used four different methods of putting points on the scoreboard to beat the Santa Gertrudis Lions 28-6 last Friday night. With the win, Woodsboro is 3-0 for the second consecutive season.
The Eagles struck first on the ground midway through the first quarter as quarterback Lionel Brown found a seam on the right side and scampered 68 yards for a touchdown. Neither team could muster much offense for the next few possessions, and the first quarter ended with Woodsboro on top, 7-0.
Early in the second quarter, the Eagles pinned the Lions inside their own 5-yard line.
Defensive linemen Justin Fierova and Justin Spears teamed up to sack the Lions quarterback in his end zone for a safety.
The Eagles drove 43 yards in eight plays on their next possession. Robert Arriaga plunged in from one yard out for a touchdown.
Woodsboro then used a fake run to allow David Carmichael to hit John Cisneros with a short pass for the 2-point conversion for a 17-0 halftime lead.
“We had a great defensive effort tonight,” said Zach Lopez. “We worked on tackling and plugging holes all week and it really paid off tonight. A lot of our guys got some good playing time tonight and that was great for us because we will need everybody to be ready to go the rest of the way if we want to win more games.”
Andres Villareal opened the second half with some fireworks for his team.
Villareal took the kickoff from deep in his own territory and out raced everyone 84 yards for a touchdown.
Lopez then ran the ball in for a 2-point conversion to give Woodsboro a 25-0 lead.
Neither team could get much going from that point, and it was not until the 8-minute mark of the game that the Eagles threatened again.
The Eagles were deep in Lion territory when their offense stalled.
Senior kicker Dan “The Man” Han came off the sideline and kicked a 27-yard field goal to give his team its final points.
The Lions’ only score came on a 7-yard pass with 33 seconds left in the game.
“I have always loved band, and I have always supported our team from the stands, but last May coach (Wade) Miller asked me to come out and be our kicker,” said Han. “I thought I could do it, and I spoke to my parents about it, and they along with everyone else have been very supportive of me. I know that I never played in the past, but my teammates have accepted me with open arms, and I am glad to be out here with them. It is my senior year, and I hope that I can help my team in any way I can. It is a great feeling to be a part of a very special team like ours.”
The Eagles will face the Kenedy Lions this Friday in Woodsboro.
The Eagles narrowly defeated the Lions last season in Kenedy, and this game promises to be just as good. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.