Even after a rough road trip, the Crossett Eagles started the season with a win and are now preparing to host the first game of the season on their own field.
Coach Shawn Jackson said that his team could have easily given up before the game even started because the day was nothing short of a disaster. Both buses broke down on the way to the game and the travel trailer with the equipment broke down as well.
“There were so many excuses that could have been made before the game even started, but they didn’t let that get to them,” Jackson said.
The game began with Osceola kicking off to Crossett. It took a few plays for the Eagles to get rollling, but once they did they didn’t slow down. It was third and nine when Tyrique Jones threw a pass to Dewayne Ashford to get the first down. The Osceola defense held off the Eagle run game, but Jones threw a pass from midfield to Carlos Williams at the four yard line to set the Eagles up for the first touchdown. JJ Mondragon kicked in the extra point and the score was 7-0 early in the game.
After that there was no looking back as the Eagles quickly put up 20 points while holding Osceola from scoring until just minutes before the half. A long pass to Kam Williams and long run by Dewayne Ashford to set the Eagles up for a second score and Jackson Moore had a 64-yard punt return for a third touchdown. The Eagles were up 20-0 with 11:44 to play in the first half.
With seconds on the clock the Seminoles were able to put up seven points to make the score 20-7 at the break.
Osceola came out motivated to catch up, putting another touchdown on the board to make the score 20-13. The Eagles fought their way back down the field and Jones threw another long pass to Kam Williams for a touchdown to give the Eagles six more points.
The kick was no good, however, leaving the score at 26-13. The Seminoles answered with a touchdown, but the Eagles were able to hang on to the win with a final of 26-20.
Coach Shawn Jackson said he was proud of the way his team showed up and played against adveristy with so many things going wrong throughout the day. One player that Jackson said surprised him was Max Taunton, who ended the game with a broken wrists. Jackson said there were a lot of defensive stops made before Taunton’s injury and that the score might have been a little different had they had Max for the entire game.
“I knew what these players are capable of and Max is a great athlete, but he’s young and I was really surprised at how well he came out on defense for us,” Jackson said.
Kam Williams played both ways and Jackson said he stood out all night on both sides of the ball. Jackson said Kam really took the spotlight and ran with it on Saturday night.
The Eagles will host the Magnolia Panthers in Yarborough Stadium on Friday night for their first home game of the season.
Crossett will also celebrate senior night Friday with a pregame ceremony before kick-off to honor senior football players, cheerleaders and band members.