By Larry Lamb
CROCKETT – Scoring on offense, defense and special teams, the Woodville Eagles dominated the Crockett Bulldogs 44-0 in a district matchup Friday night in Driskell Stadium.
Woodville (7-2, 4-1) is idle this week before its district finale at home against Westwood on Nov. 4. Crockett (4-4, 1-3) travels to Westwood on Friday and hosts Diboll next week.
The Eagles received the opening kickoff and got off to a shaky start when they coughed up the ball at their 41-yard line on the first play,
After forcing Crockett to punt, the Eagles took over at their 11 and converted two third-down situations on an 18-yard keeper by Ralon Williams and a 17-yard pass to TyMarious Walker. Facing third-and-15, Zayon Williams broke a 12-yarder but a fourth-down play came up short and Crockett took over on downs at the 35-yard line.
The Eagles finally got on the scoreboard with 1:43 left in the opening period. Taking over at their 37 on a punt, the Eagles completed a 36-yard screen pass to Zayon Williams and Jatavian Taylor took it to the end zone from 27 yards out. Kicker Cole Standley, back in the lineup after Tommy John surgery, put the Eagles up 7-0.
Late in the first half, a high snap on a Crockett punt gave Woodville the ball at the 16-yard line.
Taylor carried to the 5 and Ralon Williams scored on the next play with the offensive line pushing him into the end zone. The PAT was no good, leaving the Eagles with a 13-0 lead at the 1:59 mark.
After kicking off, the Eagles padded their lead when Jacob Hyder picked off a pass on Crockett’s first play and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown. Standley’s PAT gave Woodville a 20-0 advantage with 1:51 left in the half.
Crockett reached the Eagle 13 on its next series but an intentional grounding penalty and two quarterback sacks by Woodville preserved a 20-0 halftime lead.
After two second-half kickoffs by Woodville went out of bounds, the Eagles recovered a well-placed third attempt at the Bulldog 45. The Eagles didn’t waste any time and struck on a first-down pass from Williams to a wide-open Christian Bean. The PAT was good for a 27-0 lead just nine seconds into the third quarter.
Crockett started its next series in a deep hole at the 3-yard line and picked up one first down before having to punt. The Eagles then drove to the Crockett 14, where they turned the ball over on downs.
Crockett’s misfortunes continued when Jacob Hyder recovered a fumble in the end zone. The PAT put the Eagles up 34-0 at the 7:24 mark in the third quarter.
Another fourth-down stop gave Woodville the ball at Crockett’s 42 and the Eagles stretched their lead to 41-0 with 11:12 left in the game. Nick Ruiz carried for 11 yards on the first play of the fourth quarter, setting up a 5-yard touchdown run by Taylor on the next play. Standley tacked on the extra point.
After a long punt return by TyMarious Walker to the Bulldog 36, the Eagles reached the 10 yard-line on the running of backup quarterback Dustin Barlow and running backs Hayden Hunter and Ronnie Douglas.
With 2:55 left, Standley booted a 27-yard field goal and the defense kept Crockett out of the end zone to preserve the shutout.