MILDRED --- The Mildred Eagles pushed past the Scurry-Rosser Wildcats 41-29 to open district play Friday night behind a high octane offense and a bend but don’t break defense.
     The Eagle defense had a fumble recovery and an interception. Bishop Harris had 3 touchdowns while Creed Baker, Preston Kindle, and Daniel Ayers each added a rushing touchdown.

The Eagles started out hot, taking the opening drive and marching down the field. Creed Baker took off on a 46 yard run on the third play of the drive only to be tracked down on the 12-yard line. Two plays later, Preston Kindle punched it in from 4 yards out to give the Eagles the lead.

Scurry-Rosser endeavored to keep up by embarking on a 10 play drive to open the ballgame. The Wildcats drove all the way to the Eagle 17 yard line before the Eagles forced them to turn the ball over on downs.

The Eagles went right back at the Wildcats with Bishop Harris finding the endzone on the third play from scrimmage on a 75-yard rushing touchdown giving the Eagles a 14-0 lead. The Wildcats again started a long, 11 play drive, this time finding success when Margo Griggs punched the ball into the end zone from one yard out. The Eagles raced to the end zone again on their subsequent drive with Bishop Harris found an opening in the Wildcat defense and raced 43 yards for the touchdown.

The Wildcats were again able to move the ball, driving deep into Eagle territory before turning the ball over on downs on the Eagle 25 yard line. The Eagles were unable to capitalize and giving the ball back to the Wildcats after driving back into Wildcat territory. The Wildcats ended up giving the ball back to the Eagles after again driving into Eagle territory before the Eagle defense clamped down as they approached the redzone. The Eagles took the ball back and drove the length of the field, but were unable to score from the 3-yard line as time expired.

The third quarter opened seeing the Eagle defense clamping down on the Wildcats, forcing a turnover on downs on fourth-and-13 on the opening drive, then Gage St. Clair recovered a Wildcat fumble on their second drive. The Eagles saw their opening drive sputter out in Wildcat territory, but were able to capitalize on the St. Clair fumble recovery with Creed Baker scoring from 8 yards out on the fourth play from scrimmage.

Scurry was able to respond when Jaxon Jonas found Terrell Blanton for a 29-yard touchdown pass. Mildred responded with a 9 play drive capped by a 1 yard Daniel Ayers touchdown run. After a Wildcat punt, Harris found another crease and raced for a 64-yard touchdown. The Wildcats were able to respond responded when Jaxon Jonas found Terrell Blanton behind the Eagle defense. Blanton caught the pass and raced 66 yards for the touchdown.

The Wildcats then forced the Eagles to punt. The Wildcats drove passed midfield when Cody Hayes intercepted a Jonas pass. The Eagles turned the ball over on downs, which set up a Noah Lopez touchdown with no time left on the clock.

The Eagles played well on both sides of the ball, but have room to improve. The defense was stingy but gave up some big plays late.

The offense also played lights out early and didn’t give up a turnover, but then struggled before the half and again at times in the second half.

Bishop Harris turned in another outstanding performance with 295 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns and another 31 yards receiving.  Creed Baker was solid rushing the ball while Daniel Ayers looked good both at receiver making a long 1 handed catch and throwing the ball at quarterback. Ayers threw the ball for 41 yards but had another 40-yard touchdown pass to Sammy Bustos called back due to a penalty.

The Eagle “Phat Boys” in the trenches had another solid performance opening holes for the Eagle skill players. The Eagle offense rushed for 481 yards while throwing for 75 for a total of 556 yards!

The difference to the game ?

"The fast start both offensively and defensively," Mildred first-year coach Duke Dalton said. "After the first quarter, the speed of the game slowed down. We have to take care of ourselves and get better. We need to keep the speed of the game up. The execution is good, but we have room to improve. We have yet to play well a full four quarters.

"And give credit to Scurry," he said. "Those guys kept fighting and came back some. They never gave up.”.


Mildred travels next week to play the Dallas Gateway Gators while Scurry hosts Edgewood

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