Miscues disastrous to Eagles in 64-28 loss

The Lohn Eagles ended a dismal evening with a total of 12 turnovers (11 fumbles, one interception) in their 64-28 loss to the Veribest Falcons in a six- man game held in Veribest, Sept. 7. The loss evens the Eagles’ season record to 1-1. The weather was practically calm, but the Eagles weren’t as they fumbled the ball 11 times losing six. The Falcons received the opening kickoff as senior running back Brian Scott ran through the Eagle defenders for a 78-yard touchdown run. The PAT (point after attempt) kick by junior Chris Buck failed, and the Falcons took an early 6-0 lead. “The kickoff return by Scott and the first Eagle fumble of the game set the tempo and it wasn’t a good one,” said Eagle head coach John Santiago. “When we turn the ball over, it gives them the opportunity to score. We have to learn how to hang on to the ball.” “We hit a bump in the road, we need to get over it and look forward to Brookesmith,” added Santiago. In the first quarter, the Falcons scored two more times and the Eagles scored twice. Scott, who led the Falcons and Eagles in rushing, scored twice in the quarter on two runs of four yards each. Scott finished the evening with 22 rushes for 197 yards and three touchdowns. Early in the third quarter, Scott scored on a 35-yard run and close to the end of the quarter he returned another Eagle kickoff for a 70-yard touchdown. “Scott played hurt and we hit him hard but could not stop him. I do give credit to Scott, who is a good runner and had a lot of balance,” said Coach Santiago. “Defensively we need to hit and wrap up, hold on to the ball carrier and hope our teammates are there to help out.” The Eagles got on the scoreboard as junior Josh Aguilar scooted for an 18-yard touchdown run. The PAT kick by Josh Fore failed, but the Eagles had come back to tie the game, 6-6. In the remaining minutes of the quarter, senior quarterback Alex Salinas returned a Falcon kickoff for a 50-yard touchdown. The PAT kick by Fore was good and the Eagles trailed the Falcons, 22-14. That was the closest the Eagles came to the Falcons in scoring as the Falcons turned on their burners, adding two touchdowns in the second quarter. At the 4:23 mark, junior Laureano Sanchez broke loose for a 30-yard touchdown run. Buck added the PAT to increase the Falcon’s score to, 30-14. With 1:13 left in the first half, freshman Cheyenne Black intercepted a Salinas pass and ran it back 65 yards for the score. Buck missed the PAT and the Falcons led 36-14 at halftime. The third quarter was similar to the first when the Falcons scored three times to the Eagles’ two. The Falcons led with two touchdowns in a row, the first a 35-yard run by Scott and the second TD was a two-yard run by Sanchez. Buck converted on one of two PAT kicks extending the Falcons lead to, 50-14. The Eagles came back to score on a 48-yard pass reception by Aguilar from Salinas. The PAT kick by Fore was good and the Eagles trailed, 50-22. Scott came back on the kickoff and returned the ball for a 70 yard score with a failed PAT. Senior Jonathon Jordan caught a five-yard pass from Salinas for the final Eagle score. Fore failed on the PAT kick and the Eagles increased their score to, 56-28. Aguilar had one reception for 48 yards. Travis Elliott had one for 23 yards, and Josh Fore had one for four yards. “The fumbles really hurt, but I did see some positives with running from Kaleb Couvillion. Josh Aguilar, Jordan, Fore and Elliott caught passes and I’m really happy with that and we did move the ball,” said coach Santiago. The Falcons added one more score in the final period as Laureano Sanchez scored on a nine-yard run with 6:01 remaining in the game. Buck made the PAT kick to give the Falcons a 64-28 victory. The Eagles had 46 tackles, 25 assists, one interception and one fumble recovery by Kaleb Couvillon. Josh Fore led the Eagles in tackles with 14. He was followed by Salinas and Jordan with seven each, Charles Bowen and J.T. Thomas with four each, Travis Elliott and Joey Lawrence with three each and Aguilar and Couvillion with two each. Also, playing hard were senior Lee Williams and freshman Ross Santiago. The Eagles will host Division I, District 15 Brookesmith Mustangs starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14. The Mustangs, coached by Eric Clawson, return only two lettermen. Coach Santiago and Lohn I.S.D. personnel are pleased to welcome the addition of Coach Alex Sanchez from Ozona. He is the assistant coach and teaching high school science. ** The Lohn vs. Veribest football statistics in the San Angelo Standard Times were sent in by the Veribest Falcons coaching staff and not by Neal Ulmer. Due to the fact that on most six-man fields there are no individual yardage markers, the exact yardage is hard to determine.

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