Eagles to host Round 1 of playoffs

The Crossett Eagles will host the first round of the playoffs on Nov. 12. The Eagles ended the regular season with a 7-3 record, and they were 5-2 in league play. Their first playoff game game will be at Yarbrough Field, when they will take on the 5-6 Pottsville Apaches. (CHS PHOTO)

 

The Crossett Eagles made a push for one last regular season win on Nov. 4, but even with putting the ball in the end zone in the final 10 seconds of the game they still lost to the Star City Bulldogs by two points.

Even with the loss, however, the Eagles are seeded for the playoffs and will take on their first round opponents on Nov. 12.

Crossett’s scoring during the Star City game was spread evenly across the quarters, taking a touchdown in each one. The Bulldogs, on the other hand, did not score at all in the first and third quarter, but instead scored twice in both the second and fourth.

The Eagles were the first team to put the ball in the end zone during the game on Yarbrough Field. The two teams had effectively kept each other from scoring for half of the first quarter, but with 6:03 on the clock and the goal line within striking distance, Eagle running back Tayshawn Paskel rushed the ball three yards into the end zone. Tristian Mondragon’s kick for the point was good, putting the score at 7-0.

In the second quarter, Star City ran the ball in twice, both times from within the red zone. The first rush was for 16 yards, while the second was from the six yard line. In the lead-up to the second touchdown, the offense and defense slugged it out down the field; Star City needed 16 plays to get the ball across the line. Both touchdowns were accompanied by successful kicks, putting the Bulldogs up 14-7.

Before the half closed, however, quarterback Tyrique Jones took the ball on a second and 12  on the Crossett 38 yard line and ran it down the field for a 62-yard touchdown. Mondragon again kicked for the point, putting the score at 14-14.

In the third quarter, the Bulldogs had two possessions that didn’t get anywhere, and the Eagles first possession ended with a forced punt.

In their drive that ultimately ended in the third quarter touchdown, Paskel had a 41-yard rush that ended in the end zone but was called back on a no play when Crossett was penalized for holding. The Eagles began pushing again, and this time worked their way into the red zone. The touchdown came when Jones threw a 13-yard completion to running back Jackson Moore in the end zone. Mondragon’s kick was good, putting the score at 21-14 Eagles.

The third quarter ended with Star City in possession of the ball on a second and 1 on the Crossett 16.

When play resumed for the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs were able to push down the field with four rushes to score, with the final run taking off from the 1-yard line. A good kick tied the score.

The Eagles’ next possession ended in a punt that was downed at the Star City 25, and when the Bulldogs got their hands on it the worked their way down the field until they were able to run the ball in the final three yards on a second and goal. Star City also ran the ball in for a PAT, putting the score at 29.

Star City’s kickoff went 45 yards to the Crossett 15, and Moore returned it 15 yards to the Crossett 30.

The Eagles began their drive with 2:19 on the clock. Jones threw three incomplete passes — two to Moore, one to DeWayne Ashford — but a personal foul penalty against Star City moved the Eagles to the Crossett 45.

Jones kept the ball on the next play but lost five yards on the attempted run. He made it up on the next play, however, by running the ball 31 yards to the Star City 30 yard line.

From there, Jones threw a 15-yard pass to Max Taunton for the down at the Star City 15. After two successive incomplete passes to Moore, Jones kept the ball again and ran it in for the Crossett touchdown with nine seconds on the clock.

The only way to tie the game up was to run the ball in, and Jones kept it and tried for the extra point. He wasn’t able to make it, however, and the game ended 29-27 in the Bulldogs’ favor.

During the game, Jones rushed for a net of 173 yards, including two touchdowns. Paskel rushed for 24, including one touchdown.

Jones also passed for 67 yards, the longest of which was 26 yards.

Moore received for 52 yards, including one touchdown. Taunton received for 15 yards during the game.

Defensively, Brandon Mayweather, Denzel Watkins and Max Brooks were all credited with five solo tackles. Sanataria Scott, Dylan Coody and Khamal Williams had four, and Kameron Williams had three.

The Eagles ended the season with a 7-3 record, and they were 5-2 in league play.

Their game Nov. 12 will be at Yarbrough Field, when they will take on the 5-6 Pottsville Apaches.

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