They had their chances early in the contest as the Eads Eagles put together a decent game plan against the Cheyenne Wells Tigers, coached by Eads alumni, Garret Smith. Early in the game, the Eagles shot themselves in the foot with two crucial penalties and two dropped passes that could have spelled a whole other scenario than the one that occurred. That scenario had Eads losing their final regular season game at home, 51-12.
Eads is now 4-4 on the season and inched into the post season first round playoffs with a #14 seed. They will travel to #3 Peetz on Saturday for a 1:00 pm match up. With the big win, the Tigers pulled a #4 seed and will host the first round against #13 Hanover. Cheyenne Wells has only lost one game this season, but it was to the dominating Stratton-Liberty group who is undefeated and seeded at the top of the bracket in full control of their destiny.
Cheyenne Wells broke out early as Quade Pelton found Beau Roth for a 35-yard pass play that put the Tigers in good position. Eads’ Gary Davis appeared to have gotten a huge 15-yard sack on fourth down that would have given the ball to Eads and avoided a touchdown. However, the Eagles were charged with a personal foul which resulted in the first down. The Tigers then marched the ball into the end zone on a 5-yard pass play from Kyle Nelson to Roth. The Dawson Worley kick was good and the Tigers were on the board first, 8-0. Again, at the 3:23 mark, the Eagles failed to locate Roth and this time senior Wyatt Fishler found him for another 30 yards and first and goal to go from the 8-yard line. With just over a minute to go in the first the Tigers would find the end zone on a Pelton to Noah Scheimer pass play. The kick was blocked. After one quarter, the Tigers led 14-0.
Eads simply struggled to execute as they dropped a number of passes that, had they been caught, would have gone for touchdowns.
The second period was huge for the Tigers as they scored three times. The speedy Fishler broke loose on a 50-yard run to the end zone at the start of the period. Fishler then picked off an Eads pass and took it to the house. The kick by Worley was good. With 2:17 left in the first half, Pelton rammed the ball in from one-yard out after a second interception was thrown by Eads. Again, Worley got the PAT to go, and at halftime the Tigers were in full control leading 36-0.
Going into the second half Coach Smith elected to use a number of players off his bench. This created a pretty good game with Eads as each team scored once in the stanza. The Tigers clawed their way to a touchdown from a Jade Cozart run. Worley found Sam Moore for one more point on the conversion. With 6:49 left in the third period the Tigers were threatening to put on the mercy rule leading 43-0. But Eads answered with 1:16 left in the third when Damian Hernandez had a huge run taking the ball down to the two-yard line where Trevor Randel punched it in. The kick was no good, leaving the third quarter score at 43-6.
Right away, in the final stanza, the Tigers finished Eads off putting on the mercy rule when the speedy Fishler ran it into the end zone on an impressive 65-yard touchdown scamper. Worley’s kick turned on the mercy clock for good as the Tigers led 51-6.
Eads would get one more touchdown late in the game when Parker found freshman Hatch Nelson for a 48-yard pass play that took Nelson to the three-yard line. Parker then found Davis in the end zone for the score. The PAT was no good and that would be the final play of the game.
Offensively for Eads, Parker threw for 51 yards and was 2 for 7 attempts. He would throw one interception and one touchdown pass. Nelson led in reception yards with 48. Randel ran for 34 yards on 10 carries, while Hernandez carried six times for 31 yards.
Cheyenne Wells’ Fishler was quite impressive as the senior had 184 yards on the ground in 13 carries.
Parker and Hernandez led defensively with 7 and 6 tackles respectively. Angel Medina and Davis would each have 5 take downs. Medina went out of the game on an injury late in the second quarter.