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Tigers rain down on Eagles, 51-9

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COMO – The night belonged to the leading Eagle scorer—sophomore Trevor Cagle with eight points. Soaked to the core, the Eagles marched off Ron Heflin Field Friday night with a loss to the Leonard Tigers 51-9.

Those in attendance for the second half were rain-soaked due to the downpour that began with 11 minutes on the third quarter clock, but the only ray of light the Eagles saw was the score that Cagle made in the second quarter. Eagle senior James Carter took the Tiger Will Cowen’s punt return down field. On the next play, Cagle found clear path down the visitor’s sidelines, used his track speed, and raced in a 62-yard touchdown. Eagle teammate junior Angel Mercado booted the PAT good (one of three the entire night on both sides of the ball that did clear the uprights). The play placed the score at 33-7 with just over six minutes to go in the first half of the game.

If the Eagles gave the Tigers anything to work on, it was the extra point. Como-Pickton blocked two PATs and made a tackle to stop a two-point conversion on Leonard’s part. It was on a blocked PAT that Cagle got his second scoring opportunity. The score was 51-7. The Tigers had just scored a touchdown. The Eagles block the extra point, Cagle picked it up for a safety. This capped the scoring for both teams as the rain continued to drive the game and the clock with the final in the Tiger’s favor 51-9.

Nevertheless, the Eagles seemed powerless to stop the scoring of the Tigers in the first half of action. Reggie Robinson, a Tiger senior, made a gain of 15-yards for Leonard in the first quarter. This gave his teammate senior quarterback Will Cowan his first of two touchdowns with eight minutes to play in first quarter and a 6-0 mark. Leonard turned around and did it again only this time by the hands of Robinson. Robinson ran in the two-points.

The Eagles put together a drive with Carter and senior Brandt Steele. Tiger junior Jake Buchanan at the 26-yard line stops Carter. The Tigers took over on Eagles’ 42-yard line. Buchanan made a gain on a pass. Cowan got the first down. Tiger senior Tevin Daniels on the carry was stopped by Carter to end the first quarter, 14-0.

It was the same song, different verse for the Tigers’ second quarter. Tiger senior Muntrell Titus drove in a touchdown with just 11 minutes on the clock. The PAT came up short. Mercado made the return for the Eagles to put them near 20-yard line. Senior Christian Vaughn picked up a fumble for another touchdown run for Leonard. Cowan’s boot was good make the lights read 27-0.

Eagle senior Corey Gibson made the return followed by a nine-yard run by Carter. Carter gained enough for a first down only to have a personal foul called on Eagle senior Kaleb Mund move C-P back to 46-yard line. Senior Jeff Hendricks on the keeper spun through Leonard defenders for a six-yard gain.

Daniels pawed the ball on the next play to run in his first score for Leonard. Buchanan was tackled on the conversion to put the board at 33-0 tilt for Leonard.

The Eagles get on the scoreboard. Eagle senior Robert Carden punted the ball. Buchanan returned the ball and was stopped by senior Hunter Cooksey at the 39-yard line. It was Cowan to Robinson; Robinson halted by junior Zach Carpenter at three-yard line. Cowan on keeper made it past the goal line. Robinson’s PAT was no good.

The Eagles put together a reverse pass intended for Hendricks only junior Nathan Bell came up with the interception. Robinson neared the goal. Eagle sophomore Daniel Walker stopped him at the 10-yard line. But Robinson prevailed on the next play, 45-7. Eagle senior Merced Ramirez blocked the PAT, and Cagle picked it up. Bell made another interception off a Hendricks’ pass intended for Gibson. Daniels made a run for Leonard.

With two minutes remaining on the first half clock, Steele snagged an airborne fumbled snap to achieve a first down for Eagles. Hendricks pitched to Gibson, and C-P head coach Paul Tullis called a time-out with one second on clock. The Eagles put together a long pass to Cooksey, but Bell intercepted and was tackled by Cooksey to end first half play.

The second half started with a quick play by Cagle as he leaped in front of Leonard defenders to grab a gain for C-P. The rain started to fall as the Tigers got back the ball. Titus tapped in another score, 51-7 Leonard’s game.

Cagle got the safety to end scoring and the third quarter. Each team put in plays to drive and turned down markers but the clock continued to run. The final at Ron Heflin Field was 51-9 in the Leonard Tigers favor.

C-P moved their record to 1-2 going into an open week. C-P will make the short trek to Cooper on Sept. 25. The undefeated Tigers will face off with Whitewright after also having a break for an open week.

Other Friday night District 13-2A results: Godley at Lone Oak (Godley leading 49-20, in the third quarter and will resume today at 2 p.m.), Caddo Mills at Quinlan Ford (Caddo Mills leads 7-6 in first quarter—PPD/CCD?), Simms Bowie 49 over Alba-Golden 9, Mount Vernon defeated Cooper 24-21, Mineola 14 over Grand Saline 0, Frankston wins over Quitman 17-0, and Winnsboro was open.




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