Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Playoffs Week 2...
Much like last year my only chance of shooting a playoff football game in the second week of the playoffs was on Thursday night, since I was going to have to go to San Marcos for the state volleyball tournament. Luckily we had a Thursday night game with Eastland playing last year's 2A state finalist, Littlefield. Eastland was 10-0 going into the game and Littlefield was 8-3 going into the game.
This was really a classic example of a trap game. Eastland on paper was the better team, however they had not played in three weeks. With their bye week coming in the last game of the season, and then getting a first round bye for the playoffs, add to playing a team that made a long run in the playoffs the previous year and a lot of those players coming back, well it was just a formula for a tough game for Eastland.
And, on the first first play of the game it was looking like it might be. Littlefield took a long run for a touchdown to open things up. Eastland, though, came back with a touchdown drive of their own. The game stayed pretty tight through the whole first half, with Eastland going into halftime up 14-10. Then in the second half the Mavericks took control in a big way. Opening up with a long touchdown run on the first drive then the defense picked things up with a big stop. Eastland showed just how expolsive the offense was in the second half winning the game 51-22. It looked like they got rid of most of that rust during halftime.