Blackout: Eagles can't get anything going offensively
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 23, 2006 - COMO - Friday night's performance was not the way the Como-Pickton Eagles wanted to come out of their bye week, losing 36-7 to the Union Hill Bulldogs at Ron Heflin Stadium.

CPHS (0-3) gave up 420 yards of total offense and had only 48 yards of offense and three first downs - with only one of those first downs during the first half of play. The Eagles offense did not have one play go over 10 yards in the entire game as their biggest gain was eight yards on two separate occasions.

Como-Pickton looks to bounce back next Friday night against the Quinlan Boles Hornets (2-1) - who are coming off of a bye week - for homecoming at Ron Heflin Stadium. Kickoff for the contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Eagles defense could not contain the speed of running backs Brock Blair and Dessmen Wayne throughout the contest as the duo combined for 295 yards. Blair finished with 148 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns, while Wayne had 26 carries for 147 yards and two touchdowns.

Wayne opened up the scoring for Union Hill in the first quarter with a strong 4-yard run for the 6-0 lead. Blair then capped off the drive on the two-point conversion with 7:27 remaining.

Just over a minute later, Blair scored his first touchdown of the contest as he scampered 32 yards to paydirt, but the Como-Pickton defense stopped quarterback Brady Helton from scoring the two-point conversion for the 14-0 deficit.

With the Bulldogs driving deep in Como-Pickton territory, Wayne fumbled the ball on the C-P 35-yard line and senior Alex Mowat scooped up the loose ball and went 65 yards down the sideline to cut the deficit to 14-7. Noe Tellez booted the PAT with 5:46 remaining before the half.

With under two minutes remaining in the half, Union Hill put together another nice drive and Helton found Andre Thomas for a 4-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone. The Bulldogs then went for two and Blair ripped the ball away from Eagles' cornerback Juan Bautista to complete the conversion with eight seconds remaining and a 22-7 halftime lead.

In the second half, Blair cashed in one last time on an 11-yard run with 9:15 remaining in the third. The PAT by Anthony Plunkett was no good to give the Bulldogs a 28-7 lead.

Wayne then wrapped up the scoring seven minutes later with a 4-yard run untouched around the left side of the offensive line, and Helton powered his way in on the two-point conversion for the 36-7 win.

Mowat was the leading rusher for the Eagles with eight carries for 21 yards, while Tellez had his best rushing performance of the season with eight carries for 18 yards. Tellez also went 0-for-2 passing for the Eagles.

Sophomore Austin Darby was 2-for-2 for 10 yards in the passing department in his first varsity start of the season at quarterback after Tellez was moved to running back for the game.

Notes: The Eagles averaged 1.5 yards per carry as they had 25 carries for 38 yards and the defense gave up 381 yards rushing with an average carry of 6.5 yards per rushing attempt. ... The Eagles have been outscored, 83-14, in three games this year. ... In other non-district action for 16-2A teams, Grand Saline's game against Malakoff was called due to lightning as both teams were tied 19-19, Edgewood defeated Hawkins 27-6, Quitman edged out Eustace 21-17, and Winnsboro pounded Mount Vernon 30-7. ... Due to a late start between Alba-Golden and Rivercrest, their score was not available at presstime.

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