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Special to TownTalk Sports
In a yard- for-yard battle against the Quanah Indians, the Seagraves Eagles took the fourth quarter and the Region I-2a Division II Semifinal Championship with a 34-28 win Friday, Nov. 27 at the Mustang Bowl in Sweetwater.
With temperatures hovering at the freezing mark and intermittent ice and falling rain, Seagraves began with a Robby Pinon touchdown, but failed to pick up the extra point.
Quanah’s Mason Leija followed up with a touchdown, and the Indians made good on the point after touchdown. Despite an additional Cory Kyle touchdown, the Indian stayed a step ahead of the Eagles in a back and forth battle through the second quarter.
The Eagles left the field at half trailing the Indians by a point at 13-12.
Quanah took the first touchdown three minutes into the third and widened the gap to 20-12, but Cory Kyle changed the Eagle momentum with a 61 yard touchdown with a little over a minute left in the third.
Kyle said the Eagles changed their mindset at halftime.
“The weather made it a struggle,”Kyle said. “We got a fire lit at halftime. I went in and sat down with everybody and talked to them like the young men we are and told them we didn’t come here to lose.”
Quanah answered back early in the fourth and made good on a two-point conversion leaving the score at 28-18 Indians.
Kyle broke through the Indians again with a touchdown and the Eagles made their own conversion, leaving them behind the Indians only two points at 28-26 with 7:15 left in the fourth.
A third Kyle touchdown with a little over two minutes left in the game brought the Eagles to a 34-28 lead. The Indians would never recover.
Quanah made an attempt to snag the game-winning touchdown, but after a hit to the Indian quarterback from Seagraves safety Quest Williams and an interception from Eagle linebacker Jesus Galaviz, Seagraves secured its victory over the Indians.
The Eagles won the Region I-2A Division II Semifinal Championship 34-28. Seagraves will play the winner of the Memphis-Crosbyton game on Saturday, December 5th.
Kyle walked off the field with a win, four touchdowns, and 419 yards rushing.
“We left it all out there with no regrets, and came home with a win,” Kyle said.