The Seagraves Eagles met their toughest opponents so far in their third outing in division 2-A playoffs on a wet, frigid day on a neutral playing field at Sweetwater’s Mustang Bowl. The Eagles rallied late in the contest to claim a 34-28 victory over the Quanah Indians in the Class 2A-2 division quarter-finals.
The contribution of Running Back Cory Kyle’s 38 carries for 345 yards and four touchdowns cannot be understated, but it was a Kyle interception of a pass from Quanah Quarterback Mayson Leija with just over a minute left to play that ended the Indians’ last shot at a score and sealed the deal for Seagraves.
The Eagles will now advance to the regional finals to play the winner of Monday’s game between the Crosbyton Chiefs and the Memphis Cyclones.
That game was postponed by inclement weather in Lubbock.
The Eagles struck early on Friday, scoring on their first possession with a drive ate up 5:15 off the clock and ended in Robby Pinon taking a Davin Rodriguez handoff for three yards into the End Zone. The quick score, however, was as close as the game would get to any comparison to the Eagles previous outings in division 2-A football this season.
The Indians answered quickly, taking only five plays to cover 64 yards. Leija kept the ball on the last down and romped 39 yards to score. With Seagraves having missed their PAT, the Indians moved ahead 7-6.
Neither team was able to produce anything in their next possessions, with the Eagles falling short on a fourth-and- two gamble that resulted in a turnover on downs, then an Eagles defensive effort that forced Quanah to punt from their own two yard line.
Seagraves’ next drive was a 57-yard effort that saw Kyle get a well-timed block from Richard Longoria to complete a 38-yard run to the End Zone, but a two-point conversion attempt saw the Indians stop Robby Pinon short of the goal line, and the scoreboard sat at 12-7 Eagles with just over nine minutes left in the half.
The Indians took Will Wilkins’ kickoff on their own 37, and seven plays later, Leijas was again in for the the final score of the half. With a blocked PAT, the Indians held a 13-12 advantage at the half.
The second half started with a series of errors on both sides of the ball. Seagraves onside kick failed to go as planned, and a penalty against the Eagles put the ball on the Indians’ 15-yard line. Quanah fumbled on a second down play, but an Eagles defender who fell on it fumbled the slippery ball again, giving it back and setting up a short drive that saw Leija going in from the one yard line for his third touchdown of the day.
Seagraves was able to close the gap with about 1:30 left in the third quarter. Kyle broke out on a 60-yard run to complete a 76-yard drive for the Eagles, but again with a failed two-point conversion effort, Quanah maintained its 20-18 lead.
Quanah took possession on their own 43 yard line and moved downfield, and after switching sides at the start of the fourth quarter, Indian Avery Fuqua found the End Zone after evading several tackles on his 35-yard scoring run. A successful two-point conversion attempt by Chris Jackson made it a ten-point game and a long, uphill climb for the Seagraves Eagles.
Despite the odds, Seagraves owned most of the fourth quarter, and the clock. The Eagles launched a long 61-yard grind that saw several short yardage gains for both Kyle and Pinon, with Kyle finally finally punching through from inside the Indians’ five yard line. Coach Steve Heryford took another gamble on the two-point conversion, and Pinon was in this time to make it 28-26 with 7:50 on the clock.
The Eagles defense rose to the occasion when it was needed most, forcing a punt that gave the Eagles good field position on their own 46. Still committed to a running game with Kyle and Pinon carrying most of the weight, the Eagles ate up time and short yardage until Robby Pinon took the ball from Rodriguez and threw a 13-yarder to Longoria to set up the Eagles final scoring play from the seven yard line. Kyle got the blocking he needed from Pinon to give the Eagles their lead back with 2:13 to play.
The game was far from over, as Quanah had already proven itself against the Eagles’ defense, and Leija was at 100-percent in the air. Leija completed passes to Senior Tight End Jacob Osborne and Senior Wide Receiver Jace Parmer to advance the ball past midfield, but on the fourth play of the drive, it was Leija under an Eagles blitz and Kyle with the interception to put the game away for Seagraves with 1:12 left to play. After a few cautious running plays, the clock expired with the Eagles on top, 34-28.
District 2A-2 Football
Friday, Nov. 27, 2015
@ Mustang Bowl, Sweetwater
Seagraves Eagles 34, Quanah Indians, 28
Seagraves: 6- 6- 6 – 16 — 34
Quanah: 7-6-7-8– 28
First Downs 22 12
Rushing Attempts 58 34
Rushing Yards 443 196
Pass Attempts 4 6
Pass Completions 2 5
Yards Passing 14 69
Had Intercepted 0 1
Total Off. Plays 62 40
Total Net Yards 457 265
Avg. Yds./Play 7.4 6.6
Fumbles/Lost 1/1 1/1
Penalties/Yds 9/71 5/55
Time of Poss. 30.10 17.50
Seagraves — Robby Pinon 3-yd. run.; 2-pt. conv. N/G
Quanah — Mayson Leija 39-yd. run; PAT good
Seagraves — Cory Kyle 38-yd run; 2-pt. conv. N/G
Quanah — Mayson Leija run; PAT good
Quanah — Mayson Leija 1-yd. run; PAT good
Seagraves — Cory Kyle 60-yd run; 2-pt. conv. N/G
Seagraves — Cory Kyle 4-yd. run; Robby Pinon 2-pt. conv.
Quanah — Avery Fuqua 35-yd. run; Chris Jackson 2-pt. conv.
Seagraves — Cory Kyle 7-yd. run; 2-pt. conv.
Rushing (att.; yds.;TDs)
Seagraves: Cory Kyle 38/345, 4 TDs; Robby Pinon 18/96, 1 TD.
Quanah: Mason Leija: 7/18, 3 TDs; Chris Jackson 12/41; Avery Fuqua 2/41, 1 TD
Passing (comp.; att.; int.; ttl yds.; TDs)
Seagraves: Davin Rodriguez: 4-2-0-1-5; Robby Rinon: 1-1-0-13-0
Quanah: Mason Leija: 5-6-1-69-4
Receiving (comp.; yds.; TDs)
Seagraves: Richard Longoria 2-14-0.
Quanah: Jace Parmer 3-44-0; Jace Osborne 2-25-0