Friday night’s game between the Thrall and Hearne was a battle for first place in District 12-2A. While Thrall’s defense did a good job slowing the Eagle running attack, it was missed opportunities that proved too much to overcome for the Tigers in a 25-0 loss.
Hearne got on the board first midway through the opening period. Micah Smith rolled right and found Keyshawn Langham across the middle for the score and the Eagles led 7-0 with 7:25 on the clock.
On the ensuing kickoff Colter Hill took the ball at his own 12-yardline cut right and then back across the field and raced down the sideline. He was finally dragged down but not before a 68-yard return that set up the Tigers’ offense at the Hearne 20. Two plays later Thrall fumbled the opportunity away.
It took the Eagles just three plays to go the 75 yards for their next score. The point after was blocked leaving the score 13-0 with 5:01 to play in the first quarter.
Special teams again set up the Tigers in great field position on their next possession. Brady Peterson was able to shoot through a hole in the Hearne kickoff team and was finally dragged down at the Eagle 17. The Tigers lost a yard on five plays and turned the ball over on downs
Starting at their own 48 the Eagles put together a 15-play, 52-yard drive that included two converted fourth downs to score. On fourth down Smith dropped back and found Dunn in the front of the endzone for the score. The try for two failed and the Eagles led 19-0 with 6:00 minutes to play in the half.
Runs up the middle by Tyreke Irvin and Peterson gave the Tigers a first down at the Hearne 16 and a Hill scramble around the right side made it first and goal at the five. Four plays later the Tigers turned the ball over on downs ending their third drive deep into Eagle territory.
The Eagles scored the final points of the night on their opening possession of the second half. Starting at their 33 the Eagles used short passes to move the ball. Smith picked up the final 15 yards when he rolled right and found an open lane to the endzone, leaving the score 25-0 with 6:33 to play in the third.
Hearne looked poised to extend its lead on its next possession only to lose the ball when Isaac Martinez jumped on another Smith fumble.
The Tigers will be on the road next week for the annual Battle of 79 with Thorndale.