The Valley Mills Eagles started off strong against the Marlin Bulldogs Friday, September 10, though the game heated up quickly on both sides in the first quarter.
Once the Eagles got going a couple minutes in, Wide Receiver Joshua Garcia snagged a nice 25-yard pass and dash through the Bulldogs’ defense. Quarterback Elandis Taylor delivered the throw.
Following the advance, the Eagles sprinted towards the endzone, with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Taylor to Cooper Ewing. A successful 2-point conversion put 8 points on the board for the Eagles.
The Bulldogs bit right back with a touchdown, but the 2-point attempt afterward failed. Interceptions and some missed connections on the Eagles’ end led the Bulldogs to score again, bringing the match 12-8 in their favor. Taylor had some good moments with a 15-yard run, as well as Trevor Castanon with a 13-yard spring and a 14-yard dash. Braydon Richardson subbed in as QB and took 18 yards on the run as well. Still, the Eagles ended the first half trailing 8-20 against the Bulldogs.
After the band performed, both teams failed to put points on the board in the third quarter. After Marlin made another touchdown and successful two point-conversion early in the fourth quarter, the score was 28-8 against the Eagles.
The Eagles began to hit their stride with a mid-air interception from K’Shawn Montgomery. Taylor made the passing connection with Ewing again for 24 yards, Kaleb Kuligowski brought it up a little closer with another 16-yards on the third down, with a nice 32-yard sinker to Perez. Still, the Bulldogs responded by another TD.
The team grabbed another TD in the fourth quarter with a high 21-yard pass via Taylor-Ewing. The Eagles brought it close to victory with a 47-yard touchdown pass from Taylor to Joshua Garcia, scoring 21 points overall in the fourth quarter.
Taylor had 222 passing yards for the evening, with 3 TDs. Ewing caught the ball four times for 57 yards total, and scored two TDs. Garcia followed with 99 receiving yards from six receptions, and one TD.
Penalties hit both teams hard in the match, with technical errors holding, rushing, and more flags. Valley Mills had total yards of 447 against Marlin’s 297. The Eagles played a little heavier on the passing than the rush, with the Bulldogs’ taking the opposite strategy. The Eagles made 6 of 16 third down conversions, with 3 turnovers, 2 interceptions, and 1 fumble.
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