Thrall’s Jacob Grissom made a diving interception with 1:32 to play Friday night to seal the Tigers’ 15-13 win over the Bruceville-Eddy Eagles. The win moved the Tigers to 4-2 on the season and 2-0 in district and keeps them in the thick of the title hunt going into their bye week.
Starting at their own 45, the Eagles marched down the field reaching the Tiger 20 on the strength of Pablo Rubio’s legs. Facing a second a down at the 20 Rubio got the call again and broke through the line for a 20-yard score and the Eagles led 6-0 with 6:05 to play in the first quarter.
Thrall needed just one play to take the lead. Colter Hill rolled right and raced down the sideline for a 57-yard scoring run. Cayden Watson tacked on the point after and the Tigers led 7-6 with 5:54 to play in the first.
Hill would add a second touchdown in the second quarter as the Tigers marched 89 yards in 13 plays with Hill picking up the final three yards on a keeper around the left end.
Keven Blair blew through the Eagle offensive line and blocked Trapper Ensor’s punt. The ball rolled out of the back of the endzone for a safety and the Tigers lead had grown to 15-6 with 7:34 remaining in the third quarter.
Bruceville-Eddy used some trickery to cut into the Thrall lead. Ensor threw a pass to Rubio well behind the line of scrimmage then rolled right. Rubio returned the favor hitting Ensor in the flat and he raced down the right sideline for a 33-yard touchdown. The try for two failed and Tigers held to a 15-13 lead.
Hill finished the night with 99 yards on 12 carries while Dallas Meiske picked up 78 yards on 15 carries.
The Tigers will be off next week and will return to action to play host to the Hearne Eagles on Oct. 16. The Tigers are currently tied with Hearne for the district lead.