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Eagles win thrilling homecoming

Apple Springs’ mighty Eagles fought hard and won against the Emery-Weiner Jaguars at their Homecoming game in Apple Springs last Saturday. (Photo courtesy of the Apple Springs ISD Yearbook StaffApple Springs’ mighty Eagles fought hard and won against the Emery-Weiner Jaguars at their Homecoming game in Apple Springs last Saturday. (Photo courtesy of the Apple Springs ISD Yearbook Staff

The Emery-Weiner Jaguars, former state champions, who were 45 point favorites, traveled from Houston to Apple Springs last Saturday fully expecting an easy contest on their way to spoiling the Eagles' homecoming. The only problem was that someone forgot to tell the Eagles they were not supposed to win. In a game that saw multiple lead changes and came down to very last series, the Apple Springs Eagles upset the heavily favored Jaguars 42-40.

The offense for the Eagles was led by junior running back, Lane Spring who had multiple touchdowns and more than 200 yards rushing. Tristen Davis, Jayvan Aycock, Brady Rhoden and Blayne Coleman each contributed touchdowns of their own. Drayden Tullos added several successful PAT's to round out the scoring for Eagles.

The defensive and special teams units for the Eagles also recorded stellar performances. The Apple Springs defense forced the Jaguars to punt twice during the game, something that had not been done all season. The Eagles also took the ball away from Emery at very opportune moments.

Tristen Davis and Ethan Hollis both intercepted passes and the entire defense stepped up to hold their opponent on four downs in the last series to end the game.

The special teams unit blocked two extra points on the night. That would prove to be the difference in the final score.
The Eagles, now 3-1 on the year, will be in action again this Friday night at home as they host Longview Trinity. Kick-off is set for 7:30pm.