|Eagles stay unbeaten with come-from-behind win|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Sept. 18, 2004 - COLLINSVILLE - The Como-Pickton Eagles wrapped up the non-district schedule in come-from-behind fashion for the second straight week Friday night .
Second-year coach Joe Ryzman's team was behind 20-7 at halftime, and scored 28-unanswered points in the second half for a 35-20 win over the Collinsville Pirates at W.L. Stephenson Athletic Complex during the Pirates' homecoming week.
"As a team, we were just flat coming out in the first quarter. We started off playing well, but had some turnover mistakes that shot us in the foot. It wasn't any one thing, we were just flat and we weren't there to play," Ryzman said. "We went into the locker room at halftime and made some adjustments offensively and defensively and came back out in our base defense and a new coverage and played well,"
Como-Pickton is now 4-0 on the season and will begin district play on the road against the Grand Saline Indians next Friday night.
Coach Davy Dubose's Indians are now 1-3 on the season after losing to the New Diana Eagles 29-12 at home Friday night.
On the second play of the game for C-P, senior running back Tyrin Porter recorded his 10th touchdown of the season when he sprang loose for 70 yards straight through the heart of the Pirates' defense for the early 7-0 lead. Ray Hayden booted the PAT good.
On fourth down and five from the CPHS 5-yard line, Pirate running back Dak Jones attempted to run the ball in for the score with 2:02 remaining in the first quarter but was stopped short on the play.
On the first play of the ensuing drive, Hayden fumbled the pitch from quarterback Josh Biggerstaff which led to the Pirates tying score.
Jones powered his way in from 2 yards out to tie the game at 7-7. Eric Patterson booted the PAT good for the Pirates.
"Collinsville started off with something we hadn't seen them do on film with an empty set. They had the quarterback in the back-field and that was all they had. Already we had to make an adjustment there and that took us out of sync in our game plan," Ryzman said.
The Pirates scored two more touchdowns in the second half starting with senior Ervey Terrazas.
Terrazas gave the Pirates the lead early in the second quarter when he wrestled his way in from 2 yards out for a 14-7 lead. Patterson connected on his second PAT of the game.
Pirate quarterback Kelly Ford scored the final touchdown when he scampered 13 yards to paydirt with 1:58 remaining in the first half. Ford finished the game 12-of-21 for 122 yards passing. He also had eight carries for 22 yards and one touchdown.
"The kids made up their mind coming out of the locker room in the second half that they wanted to get out of there and that was the real key. They kids came out of the locker room determined to come out and win the game," Ryzman said.
Just like in last week's game against the Harmony Eagles, Como-Pickton came out with a second half flurry led by Biggerstaff, who has had five second half touchdown runs in the past two games.
Biggerstaff was involved in all four of the Eagles second half scores, picking up three rushing touchdowns.
On the opening drive of the second half, Biggerstaff directed a 10-play, 66-yard drive in 5:13 to cut the Collinsville lead to 20-13. The kick was blocked with 6:47 remaining on the clock.
With time running out in the third quarter, Biggerstaff took a quick snap and sneaked his way into the end zone. He then converted the two-point conversion to give CPHS the lead for good at 21-20.
"It shows that they have a lot of character, and that they refuse to be beat," Ryzman said. "They don't get their heads down when they are behind, they keep their heads up and kept their focus and they came back."
With pressure coming from all sides by the Collinsville defense, Biggerstaff found senior Ronnie Hightower in stride down the right sideline for a 28-20 lead. Hayden connected on his second PAT of the game.
Ryzman said it took the team longer to refocus during this game than it did last week when the came back from a 25-20 deficit at the half against Harmony last week.
"It just took us longer in this game than in the Harmony game to refocus and get a new head of steam and come back, but it took us until the second half this time," Ryzman said.
Biggerstaff delivered the knockout punch with 2:38 remaining in the game when he powered his way in from 9 yards for the 35-20 final. Hayden booted his final PAT good.
Porter wrapped up the game with 196 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown. His season total for the non-district portion of the schedule is now 60 carries for 759 yards and 10 touchdowns in four games after an injury-plagued junior season.
"I am just as proud as I can be of Tyrin. He has worked his butt off in the strength and conditioning period that we have at school all last year," Ryzman said. "He proves to be a good leader by his work ethic and so he has worked hard to build his body back to tip-top condition and that, with his talent combined, it shows on the field with the type of yardage he has racked up at this point."
Biggerstaff went six-of-nine passing for 63 yards and one touchdown in the game. He also had eight carries for 9 yards and three rushing touchdowns in the game.
In other non-district 17-2A games from Friday night, the Rivercrest Rebels defeated Alba-Golden 34-0, Prosper outlasted Lone Oak 30-22, Quitman fought off Hughes Springs 26-22, and Caddo Mills defeated Community 20-9.
The 17-2A schedule for next week is Alba-Golden at Quitman, Caddo Mills at Edgewood, Como-Pickton at Grand Saline, and Lone Oak is idle.
Como-Pickton and the Quitman are the only undefeated teams heading into district competition next week.
"Our district ball teams are good and we are in a tough district," Ryzman said. "I told the kids tonight that if we are going to beat our district opponents we have got to play four quarters of football like we played the last two quarters tonight.