Woodville loses season finale and No.1 seed

Fpptball with laces out. Stock photo
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The Woodville Eagles entered last Friday’s game as the only undefeated team in District 10-3A Division I, and needed to defeat the Anahuac Panthers to claim the outright district championship.

The Panthers, whose only loss in district was to East Chambers, had other plans for the district title. Anahuac’s 37-31 win over the Eagles Friday night meant the Eagles, Panthers and Buccaneers finished the regular season as co-champions all with 5-1 district records.

Woodville put together a 14-play drive on their first possession after stopping the Panthers on their first drive, but the drive stalled and the Eagles settled for a field goal from Cole Standley and a 3-0 lead.

Anahuac fumbled the ball away to the Eagles on their next possession, but the Eagles were not able to score and surrendered the ball.

Woodville capitalized on a second Panther turnover with 25 second left in the first quarter as LeBron Miller intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown. The PAT kick was good and the Eagles led 10-0 as the first quarter ended.

The Panthers managed to get on the scoreboard with 8:38 remaining in the second quarter to cut the lead to 10-3. On their next possession, the Panthers tied the score at 10 on a 60-yard run.

Woodville’s Isaiah Wheaton put the Eagles back on top, 17-10, by scoring on a 1-yard run. Anahuac committed their third turnover as the half ended with the Eagles leading.

In the third quarter, Pop Prejean scored on a 5-yard run and padded the Eagles lead to 24-10.

The Panthers responded with a 6-yard touchdown run to trim the lead to 24-17.

In the fourth quarter, Anahuac tied the score at 24-24. The Panthers defense provided the next score as they returned a fumble at 8:41 to take their first lead of the game, 31-24. The Panthers extended their lead on a 15-yard touchdown run.

The Eagles’ Darius Bean scored on a 32-yard completion from Jack Fowler to keep hope of a victory alive. The Eagles recovered an onside kick, but a lost fumble sealed the victory for Anahuac, 37-31.

The loss moved Woodville down to the No.2 seeding for the playoffs with East Chambers as the No.1 and Anahuac as the No.3 seed. Woodville will face Crockett in the bi-district round of the UIL state playoffs this week.