ALVARADO — The Alvarado Indians opened up district play this week against the Crowley Eagles losing 28-9. The Indians fell victim to the big play and just could not seem to find the end zone.
The Indians won the toss and started their first possession on the 12-yard line, it was a quick three-and-out giving the ball to Crowley in good field position on the Alvarado 40. On second-and-one from the 31, Eagle quarterback, Andre Dean handed the ball to Terrance Edwards, who ran the ball up the middle 31 yards for the touchdown.
After the Aaron Jones kick it was 7-0 Crowley.
Alvarado started the next drive on their own 20, after a false start penalty it was first-and-15 on the 15.
The Indians could only muster 9 yards on the drive before punting the ball back to the Eagles. Nine plays later the Eagles were faced with a third-and-five on the Indian 33-yard line, when Dean fumbled the ball, which was recovered by linebacker Jaron Beam of the Indians.
Alvarado then marched down the field 64 yards in 13 plays setting up a fourth-and-goal from the 3. The Indians decided to go for it and used some trickery to get the job done.
Quarterback Tyler Raby handed the ball off to Broam Hart, who in turn pitched the ball back to Raby, who then made the 3-yard pass to the open tight end Matt Kirkland for the touchdown.
Rydge West’s kick knotted the game up at 7.
Crowley would not keep the game tied for long, as on third-and-two from the Eagle 36, Edwards broke through the middle of the Indians defense scoring on a 64-yard run, giving Crowley a 14-7 lead it would keep until halftime.
The Indians held Crowley to just 14-yards on their first two possessions of the second half, giving the Eagles a fourth-and-three on their own 28. The Indians’ Darrail McDaniel blocked the Crowley punt giving Alvarado the ball on the Eagle 18. The Indians just could not seem to move the ball, having to face a fourth-and-11. The Indians elected to go for it and Raby found Hart on the left side for a gain of 5, turning the ball back over to Crowley.
Just six plays later, Dean found receiver Herbert Shaw for a 54-yard gain, putting the Eagles in Indian territory. Edwards capped off the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run, giving Crowley a 21-7 lead.
Alvarado got the ball up to the 50-yard line on the next series setting up a third-and-seven play. Raby dropped back to pass,which was blocked by linebacker James Stoglin and into the hands of Crowley’s Dewayne Jones who made it all the way to the Indian 12-yard line before be brought down.
Three plays later the Eagles scored on a 9-yard Dean run to the left, making the score 28-7 Crowley.
On second-and-10 on their own 15 the Indians gave the ball to fullback Jay Hardy who clipped off a run of 70 yards, but still the Indians could not get anything going, handing the ball over on downs four plays later.
Crowley’s Edwards fumbled the ball on the first play from scrimmage, but quarterback Dean fell on the ball retaining possession on the Eagle 1-yard line. After second and third down running plays that did not get any yardage the Eagles sent out the punt team. Punter Cody Bowden yielded a safety by running out of the back of the end zone making the score 28-9 Crowley. The Indians got the ball back on the 50 and marched down the field with time running out. The Indians were faced with fourth-and-goal with time running out when Raby was stopped just inches from the goal line, giving the ball back to Crowley, who ended the game going to a knee.