|Eagles' season ends sooner than hoped|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Nov. 15, 2004 - le is because of the character, the good character that our kids have displayed all season long and it means a lot to me."
Paul Pewitt relied heavily on their running game behind junior Jessie Harrison, who had 208 yards rushing on 28 carries and four touchdowns out of a very impressive wing-T offense, as they ran the ball 62 times in 67 plays.
Quarterback Teric Williams also gave the CPHS defense fits throughout the game with 151 yards on 17 carries and one touchdown.
Harrison opened up with two quick scores in the first quarter starting with a 6-yard run to paydirt for a 6-0 lead. Ronnie Hightower blocked the extra point attempt by Lee Munn to keep the Eagles within distance, but the C-P offense could never get anything going in the game.
Harrison then capped off the first quarter with a 9-yard run with 3:29 remaining. Harrison ran in the two-point conversion for a 14-0 lead.
The second quarter resembled much of the first quarter for the Brahmas as Williams found the end zone on a 10-yard scamper with three minutes remaining in the quarter. Munn booted the PAT for a 21-0 lead.
"I expected to see two very good athletes in Harrison and Williams, and I did see those good athletes," Ryzman said. "I can tell you that those two athletes had great games against the powerhouses from Garrison and all of the other nine teams that they played."
Como-Pickton senior sensation Tyrin Porter took the ensuing kickoff and scampered 80 yards to cut the deficit to 21-7. Freshman Noe Tellez booted the PAT good for the Eagles.
With six seconds remaining in the first half, Williams connected with Matt Hall on an 11-yard scoring pass for a 28-7 halftime lead. Munn kicked the PAT good.
The Eagles had been behind at the half in three games this year against Harmony, Lone Oak and Quitman and were able to pull out the win in two of those games, but they had not been behind by 21 points at the intermission in any of those games.
"We had some tough ball games this year and the kids were able to pull out those games for us this year," the coach said.
On the opening drive of the third quarter, the Eagles got a quick strike when senior quarterback Josh Biggerstaff connected with Trent Vail on a 62-yard completion to cut the deficit in half at 28-14. Tellez kick his final PAT of the season good.
Harrison wrapped up his touchdown performance with 8- and 9-yard runs to end the third quarter with Paul Pewitt up 42-14.
Thomas Franklin ended the scoring with a 31-yard run with 3:11 remaining in the contest. Munn booted the PAT for the 49-14 final.
Porter had 16 totes for 129 yards, while Ray Hayden had nine carries for 61 yards in the loss. Biggerstaff went two-of-10 passing for 78 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Vail was the game's leading receiver with two catches for 78 yards and one touchdown and will be back for the Eagles next season.
Porter ended his senior season with 1,581 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns, while Hayden ended with 1,114 yards on the ground and 18 touchdowns.
The Eagles have 10 seniors from this year's team that will be graduating, and Ryzman believes these seniors played a big part in the turnaround season they had this year.
"These seniors mean a lot to me because coming in after the first season that we went 1-9, we came into our season with what I call an 'Eagle Builder,' which instills a lot of discipline and taught the kids good character and pushed them to a point to where they thought they couldn't give any more and then I demanded more," the coach said. "These kids worked hard and listened to what I was teaching and learned what good character was throughout the year."