Eagles lose 10-point lead in final minutes; loss ends season

With 7:39 left in the game, the SoBoCo Eagles had a 31-21 lead and looked to be on their way to Wardsville and another district championship date with the Blair Oaks Falcons.

Then disaster struck. Three times.

First the Mexico Bulldogs threw a 60-yard scoring bomb on a 3rd-and-10 play to make the score 31-27.

Senior Jackson Sartain, here running against Osage, scored the first TD for the Eagles on Friday in their season-ending loss to Mexico.

Then the Bulldogs pooch-kicked the kickoff and recovered the ball at the Eagles 19-yard line.

With the momentume swing, the Bulldogs went 19-yards into the end zone, taking a 33-31 lead.

But the Eagles had two more chances.

On the first set of downs, SoBoCo got to midfield, but turned the ball over on downs. However, as Mexico was driving in the final minutes – and the Eagles were burning timeouts – a Mexico runner fumbled the ball away, giving the Ealges one more chance.

“I knew that if we could get to about the 30-yard line, we could give Parker (Boyce) a chance to kick it,” said Eagles coach Trent Tracy. “We just had used up our time outs in an effort to stop them and could not get close enough.”

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By Bruce Wallace