Crossett beats Monticello, headed to Round No. 4

Crossett Eagle defenders make a flying tackle to take down a Monticello player during a playoff game last week. The Eagles are headed to the quarterfinals in 8AAA football after defeating the Monticello Billies 28-20.   This is the Eagles’ second serious playoffs run in as many years. Crossett will now face Rivercrest.  (VAL GAUGHT/News Observer)

The Eagles pulled off another win on Friday night that will send them further into the playoffs and turn their eyes toward a possible state run.

The Crossett team claimed the win in Monticello, besting the Billies, and will now advance to Round No. 4 of the playoffs. The Eagles advanced through the quarterfinals for the first time since 2003 during a 2019 Cinderella season, and now they are poised to repeat and possibly best the performance. The 2019 season ended in a semi-final game against Shiloh Christian.

But before the Eagles could look to seriously challenge anyone’s title, they first had to get through the Billies. 

When the game began Friday, it was clear that Monticello wasn’t willing to just hand the Eagles the win. The Billies scored on their opening drive. When they went for two, however, they didn’t make it, leaving the score 6-0.

Crossett answered with a touchdown. Tyrique Jones threw a 25-yard pass to Jackson Moore and Brandon Urbina kicked in the extra point to make the score 7-6.

The Eagle defense fought off the Billies, but then the Eagle offense couldn’t move the ball. 

The Eagles punted to the Billies and Monticello started a scoring drive and two point conversion that made the score 14-7 with the Billies on top. 

The Eagle response came in the form of their passing game. Jones threw a 30-yard pass to Moore and a 25-yard pass to Dewayne Ashford to put the Eagles back in the end zone. Urbina kicked in an extra point to tie the score 14 all.

The Billies pushed the ball down the field to claim another touchdown before the half, but the two-point attempt failed and the score was 20-14. 

After the break, the Billies kicked off to the Eagles and Jones ran the ball 53 yards for a touchdown, pushing the Eagles to a 21-20 lead. 

The rest of the game moved slowly with the combined remainder of the third quarter and the fourth quarter only seeing one more touchdown go up on the board. 

The teams battled up and down the field before Jones scored the final touchdown of the night, making the score 27-20. Urbina added a point with his extra point kick. 

Though that was the last time the Eagles scored for the night, it wasn’t the last time they were in the end zone.

At one point Paskel broke away for an 82-yard run that ended in a touchdown that was called back. Paskel moved the ball to the redzone to set Jones up to score. After Jones put the ball in the endzone, the touchdown was called back,  leaving the score at 28-20 for the final. 

The Eagles will travel to Rivercrest this Friday for Round No. 4 of the playoffs.

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