JACKSBORO—The game may have started nearly an hour late, but the Jacksboro Eagles were as ready as ever.
The team finished out its home schedule with a 30-6 victory over the Royals of Eagleton on Thursday night. The victory came after weather delayed the game before suspending the final 30 seconds of the contest.
“They escort their mom and dad out on the field, and they win a football game,” head coach Mike Miller said. “You can’t get much better than that. Overall, as a team, I thought we played well. We had a few breakdowns, but nothing that can’t be corrected. Overall, I think it’s just a great win.”
Three eighth graders, including Shane Bowman, Jordan Bolton and Bryce Trentham, played a key role in knocking off the Royals.
Trentham finished the night with 10 tackles from the linebacker slot during his last game on Jacksboro’s field.
“We can do better blocking and get off that guy and get to the ball right away,” he said following the game. “I was just getting pumped up and excited. It was all just happening so fast. It was a lot of excitement. It’s just a very exciting win.”
Bolton also had a strong showing, going 97 yards on nine carries, averaging 10.7 yards per carry.
The eighth grader also added two touchdowns in the win.
“Just that feeling — it’s amazing,” he said. “The line was doing great — blocking excellent. The one touchdown I had for [64 yards], I swear, I could drive a truck through that hole. It was just plain open. It was a good game.”
According to Miller, the line is the team to beat.
“Our strong point’s been our line,” he said. “My assistant coaches have done a really good job with them, too.”
Lighting and thunder rolled, and according to Miller, it affected the Eagleton team.
The Royals came off a 36-22 loss to Oneida the week before, and the rain wasn’t what they wanted to see.
“I think the weather affected them more than it did us,” Miller said. “We didn’t throw the ball well, but I think it affected them more than us.”
Jacksboro starts its season — all five games being at home — with a 4-1 mark. The team’s only slip up came against Halls two weeks ago.
With the Eagles’ first road challenge ahead of them, it could be anybody’s game.
“It’s just making us progress for next week,” Bolton said of the Eagleton victory. “We get better every time we play a game. We know what to do. Against Halls, they were doing all this NFL stuff. We’ve got to adjust to that. We had to adjust tonight, too. I’d say next week, we have a better chance of winning than all season.”
Jacksboro got started with 6:24 left in the first quarter. The Eagles marched the field in 11 plays. The 75-yard drive was capped by Bowman’s 12-yard dash for pay dirt. However, the two-point try was thwarted, leaving the score at 6-0.
Bolton finished up a four-play drive with a 3-yard run by Bolton. The eighth grader took the score in behind Joey Simms, before Bowman was able to rush the 3 yards needed for the two-point conversion. With 50 second left in the fist half, Jacksboro led 14-0.
Elijah Phillips took the burden on Jacksboro’s first drive of the second half. The eighth grader scored from 7 yards out. Bowman connected with Logan Giles for the two-point conversion to make the score 22-0 with 20 seconds left in the third quarter.
Bolton showed his quickness with 3:04 left in the game. The speedster went 64 yards behind Nick Lees. Bowman’s two-point try was good for a 30-0 lead.
Eagleton scored with 27 second left on the board. A 39-yard scamper made the final score, as lightning cancelled the remainder of the game.
“It was big,” Bowman said. “It was really big. We couldn’t go out there and lose the last game on this field.”