EDGEWOOD -- The Mildred Eagles played their hearts out Friday night in their final game of the 2019 season
They went into the game not assured a playoff spot no matter what they did. They had opportunity after opportunity to give up, to quit, but they kept fighting until the bitter end. These Mildred Eagles lost tonight 41-33 to the Edgewood Bulldogs.
Mildred tailback Bishop Harris had an outstanding game running the ball rushing for 336 yards and four touchdowns while throwing another touchdown.
Give credit to the Bulldogs. They kept pushing every time the Eagles answered. Tonight was the Bulldogs night. They played hard but caught some breaks.
Mildred took the opening kickoff and quickly drove to the Bulldog red zone. The Bulldogs were able to strip the ball away from Bishop Harris on a run where he looked like he was going to score. The Bulldogs recovered on their 10-yard line. The Bulldogs set out on a 14 play drive scoring on a 16-yard pass from Trey McPherson to Hudson Tyner.
The Eagles answered back with an 8 play drive finished by a 10 yard Bishop Harris touchdown run. The Bulldogs pushed back ahead with a 5 play drive finished when McPherson hit Jacob Perez for a 34 touchdown pass. The Eagles answered with a touchdown drive of their own with Bishop Harris hitting Cody Hays on a 25-yard pass. The catch was outstanding on what turned out to be a jump ball. Hayes and the Bulldog defender fought for position while in the air. The ball was bobbled, but Hayes was able to come down with it in the end zone.
On the following drive, the Eagles stopped the Bulldogs forcing them to punt. The Bulldogs then caught a huge break when the Eagle slipped on the field when trying to catch the ball. The Bulldogs recovered giving them the ball in Eagle territory scoring two plays later on a 9-yard touchdown run by Preston Holdman.
The Eagles soared back scoring on their second play from scrimmage with Bishop Harris running around and through Bulldog defenders scoring from 32 yards out. The Bulldogs pushed back on their next drive to the Eagle 19 yard line where the Eagles forced the Bulldogs to turn the ball over on downs. The Eagles were unable to capitalize and were forced to punt a few plays later and Edgewood ran out the clock to end the first half.
The second half started with another Bulldog touchdown. This one by Kyle Keltner from 3 yards out after an 8 play drive. The Eagles quickly answered with a 5 play drive finished by a 2 yard Bishop Harris rushing touchdown. The Bulldogs replied with another rushing touchdown by Kyle Keltner. This one occurring when the Eagles forced a 4th and 1 on the 17-yard line. Keltner was able to turn the corner and outran the defenders to the endzone.
The Eagles answered back with a 13 play drive capped by a Creed Baker touchdown. The Bulldogs pushed back driving into Eagle territory where the Eagles forced a turnover on downs. The Bulldogs then caught a break when Trey Pogue jumped a Creed Bishop pass giving the Bulldogs back the ball. The Bulldogs quickly drove down and scored what proved to be the go-ahead touchdown on a 5-yard pass from McPhearson to Jonathan Bennett with 2:58 seconds left in the game.
The Eagles fought back driving into Bulldog territory before turning the ball over on downs. The Bulldogs took the ball back over and were able to run out the clock.
This game was the best game the Eagles played all season against a quality opponent. It was a back and forth affair where a break here or there could have changed the outcome of the game. Give credit to these players and coaches. They played hard from start to finish. They never quit. They never surrendered.
Bishop Harris had an outstanding game running the ball rushing for 336 yards and 4 touchdowns while throwing another touchdown.
For Edgewood, Kyle Keltner rushed for 218 yards and 2 touchdown. McPhearson threw for 181 and 3 touchdowns
The Eagle defense played well. They were put in some tough situations with bad field position and pushed the Bulldog offense to the limit.