The Eagles made the long drive out to Tyler Thursday night and came away with a convincing 52 to 0 victory. The Eagles scored early and often and jumped out to a 31 to 0 lead after the 1st quarter. They stretched the lead to 38 to 0 at half. Things didn't get much better for Tyler in the 2nd half as the Eagles tacked on two more scores to finish out the night. The Eagles defense was relentless as the never allowed a Tyler 1st down or for them to cross their own 40 yard line. The JV1 Eagles are off next week.
The Longhorns used a furious 2nd half comeback to almost spoil a dominate Eagles performance. After receiving the opening kickoff, the Eagles fumbled on their first play. Ethan Gallo then intercepted the Longhorns pass on their 2nd play to give the ball back to the Eagles offense. This led to Jake Morgan's first field goal of the night from 36 yards to give the Eagles the 3 to 0 lead. After exchanging possessions, the Eagles were able to get on the board again with a 37 yard field goal from Morgan to take a 6 to 0 lead. More of back and forth action finally saw the Eagles find the end zone when Evan Bullock connected with Nick Tignor from 47 yards out and after the Morgan PAT, the Eagles took a 13 to 0 lead into the half .
The 2nd half opened with the Longhorns getting their first touchdown. On the ensuing 2 point conversion try, Gallo intercepted his 2nd pass of the night and returned it 98 yards to give the Eagles 2 more points and a 15 to 6 lead. After a Longhorns punt, Lathan Van Ausdall ran for a 63 yard touchdown. Morgan again connected with the PAT to give the Eagles a commanding 22 to 6 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter. Things got really interesting the the 4th as the Longhorns were able to score on back to back possessions and convert both 2 point tries to tie the score with :34 seconds remaining. After a big kick return, Morgan connected on a 19 yard field goal to make the final score 25 to 22 in favor of the Eagles.
Jake Morgan's big night was made possible by precision snapping from long snapper Luke Sanford and holds from Evan Bullock. Gallo not only had the 2 interceptions, but also had several big punt and kickoff returns. Blake Harvey, Garrett Walker, Jack Landsaw, Gabe Milagres, Chuck Nwokocha, Carter Colaluca and Trenton Wheeler led the Eagles defensive effort.
The Eagles travel to Tyler next Thursday October 15th to take on the Tyler Legacy Red Raiders at 6:00pm.