By Raegan Stanley
Killeen Daily Herald
PFLUGERVILLE – The Ellison Eagles went into their Friday night football game against Pflugerville Hendrickson looking to cut down on their turnovers. That they did.
In the 27-6 victory over the Hawks, the Eagles had five fumbles, losing only one. Penalties became a problem for the soggy Eagles, with control apparently being lost in the rain.
"I'm not going to say they weren't there, there were guys with big eyes looking for them," said coach Bret Boyd of the penalties. "It was a sloppy game, it really was."
The Eagles had nine penalties for 60 yards.
In a game that was plagued by an early drizzle and a halftime downpour, the fans received extra exercise when they were asked to leave the stands because of lightning in the area. The delay lasted only 20 minutes, with 10 of those minutes at halftime.
The Eagles made their stand early in the first quarter push Jarvis Braswell intercepted a Hendrickson pass and ran it in for a 55-yard touchdown on the Hawks' seventh play of the game. Clint Harler was good for the extra point.
Ivan Delgado, because of a bruised lower leg, did not run the ball. Instead, he was precise in his throwing, completing 13 passes for 189 yards. Boyd said one of the big things would be to get his team healthy again.
Backup quarterback Joey Thurman took a few snaps on Friday. "He's steady. He can come in take the snaps, do the right reads and all of that. He's there if we need him," Boyd said.
In the first six plays of the series, Morris Winkfield dominated on defense with three tackles and led the Ellison defense in effectively shutting down Pflugerville's offense. Winkfield had 10 tackles for the night.
The Hawks' big offensive player, running back Joseph Reese, carried the ball 17 times but only managed 38 yards.
In reply to Braswell's touchdown, Pflugerville started a series on its 18-yard line that consisted of 13 plays and culminated with a missed 25-yard field goal.
The Eagles made good use of their time, moving the ball upfield with three runs from Eddie Frazier totaling 15 yards. Jaron Turner made his presence known on a 12-yard reverse, putting the Eagles on the Hawks' 19 at the end of the first quarter.
Ivan Delgado connected with Domenick Bass for 15 yards on the first play of the second quarter and then with a handoff, Caeser Cobb was up the middle for a 4-yard touchdown run. Harler made the PAT, putting the Eagles up 14-0 in the beginning of the second quarter.
After two penalties, the Hawks' Travis Havens caught a long pass over an Ellison defender for the Hawks, good for a 65-yard score, and the only Hawk score of the night. The PAT was no good.
Delgado completed a 17-yard pass to Eric Silcio, setting up the next touchdown, in which Delgado hit Bass for an 18-yard score with 2:41 left in the half. Harler made his third PAT of the night.
After the extended halftime, the soaked field and wet ball made it difficult to make plays. The Hawks fumbled on their own 35-yard line and the Eagles recovered it. Three plays later, Frazier sprinted in for the Eagles' final touchdown.
The Eagles went for two on the PAT, but were not able to pull it off.
The fourth quarter was filled with penalties and absent of scoring.
Boyd said that the first half seemed to be going in slow motion, but that he was proud to see his defense pick it up in the second half.
"I guess it's good that you can play down sometimes and still win. I think our best win is still yet to come."
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