Back at home this week the Ducks failed to grab a win against the Salado Eagles falling 49-3 and bringing their record to 0-5 at the midpoint of the season.
From the opening series for the Ducks, which lasted only a minute and a half, things looked bleak. Taylor was shut down on their opening drive failing to get a first down.
Salado grabbed the lead with a rushing touchdown with 8:16 remaining in the opening quarter. The extra point was good, and the Eagles led 7-0.
The Eagles struck paydirt once more with 3:03 remaining in the first quarter on a 44-yard touchdown pass extending their lead over the Ducks 14-0.
Hope remained in the Taylor fans as they continued to cheer for their varsity squad against the quick snapping Salado offense which on more than one occasion drew the Ducks offsides.
Salado scored for the third time in the game with 9:35 remaining in the second quarter on a 42-yard touch down run. A short time later the Eagles extended their already large lead to 28-0 courtesy of a 32- yard scamper to the end zone by the Eagles.
In the closing seconds of the first half the Eagles would once again find the end zone and the route was on as Salado went into the locker room up 35-0.
33 seconds into the third quarter Salado took one play 90- yards on the ground, adding to their lead and putting the Ducks in an even bigger hole 42-0.
As the third quarter wound down Salado pushed into the end zone from a yard out for their final score of the game sealing the deal and taking a 49-0 lead.
Clock management became the Eagles game plan in the final quarter as the game was already wrapped up.
The Ducks managed to get on the board with 3:04 remaining in the game by way of a 30 -yard field goal, bringing the final to 49-3.
The Ducks take next week off to rest up and prepare for district play which opens Oct. 9 at home against the visiting Lampasas Badgers, who will come in 3-0. The Badgers were off last week and took down Wimberley on Sept. 11 57-28. They were state semi-finalists last year falling to eventual state champ Carthage 49-42.