Eagles fall short of title game

WINNSBORO – The Richard Winn Eagles season came to an end this past Friday evening when they fell to the St. John’s Christian Cavaliers by a score of 28-21. The Eagles fell behind 22-0 after one quarter but were able to put together a 21-6 run over the final three quarters before falling short.

Brandon Miller (1) breaks free of a tackle in the Eagles’ Nov. 8 game against Holly Hill Academy. Miller finished the season with 2357 yards, 35 touchdowns and 110 tackles. | Martha Ladd

St. John’s started with the ball and only needed one play for the quarterback to take it 69-yards for the opening score. The two-point conversion made it 8-0, Cavaliers. The Eagles moved the ball on their opening possession but it ended with a fumble.

The Cavaliers would drive for 69-yards on their next series resulting in a 16-0 lead. A three and out by the Eagles then led to a 71-yard touchdown run by the Cavaliers’ Fletcher. St. John’s carried the 22-0 lead into the second quarter. In the first quarter they scored three touchdowns on six-plays and 209-yards.

The Eagles put together their first score of the contest to pull to within 22-7 with 11:13 to play in the second quarter, Brandon Miller rushed it in from nine-yards out. Richard Winn then forced a three and out by the Cavaliers, the teams then exchanged series in which they each turned the ball over on downs before Richard Winn was set up with a short field. The Eagles capitalized with a two-play, 24-yard drive in which Taylor found Wade for a 20-yard touchdown pass making it 22-14 after the Miller PAT.

Richard Winn would attempt an onside kick with 1:58 left in the second quarter. The Cavaliers’ recovered it and scored their final touchdown of the game when Bookert took the ball 43-yards around the right side for the score and the two teams went into half with the score at 28-14.

In the second half both teams’ defense’s rose to the challenge as the only score came when Richard Winn’s John Russell recovered a fumble in the endzone. The fumble occurred after the Cavaliers’ center snapped the ball over the quarterback’s head. Miller’s PAT made it 28-21 and there was no more scoring in the competition.

St. John’s finished with a 364 to 263 yardage advantage over the Eagles’. Miller rushed the ball 31 times for 134 yards and one touchdown. Taylor also had 49-yards on 12 attempts and completed 7-19 passes for 80-yards. Miller and Wade each had two catches and Baker had three grabs. Miller finished with a team high 11 tackles.

For the season the Eagles finished with a 10-2 record, they rushed for over 250 yards per game and 125 yards passing per game. Individually they were led by Brandon Miller who rushed 211 times for 2177 yards and 32 touchdowns. He also had 10 catches for 180 yards and three touchdowns and led the team with 110 tackles. Taylor finished the season going 56-95 for 933 yards and 16 touchdowns while Dru Caldwell went 53-64 for 615 yards and 14 touchdowns. Wade led the way with 493 yards receiving and 13 touchdown catches, while Baker led with 29 catches.

The SCISA Eight-Man State Championship will be between Andrew Jackson and St. John’s Christian.