Brant Hayes was proud of his team even though Maud lost 34-20 to Wilson Friday night and fell to 2-3 on the year.
Maud coach Brant Hayes was proud of his team even though they lost 34-20 to Wilson Friday night and fell to 2-3 on the year.
Unlike previous weeks, when things went against his team, they didn't lose hope, they fought back. Even though the Tigers fell short, Hayes believes they came a long way this week just in time to begin district play next week.
Wilson forced the Tigers to punt after their opening drive. The Eagles faced a third and seven from the 36 when Logan Schaaf hit Luke Honea for a 64-yard touchdown to start the scoring. The conversion attempt failed and the Eagles led 6-0 early on.
The Eagles' momentum continued on the ensuing kickoff when the Tigers failed to recover the kick and Wilson kept possession. A few plays later, Trevor Schaaf sprinted around the corner and scampered 25 yards for the second Wilson touchdown of the quarter. A pass from Schaaf to Clay Hodgers for two points made the score 14-0 with 7:09 left on the clock in the first quarter.
Braylen Brewer got the Maud offense going on the Tigers' next possession. He scrambled for 25 yards to convert a third down and was the victim of a roughing the passer call to help his team get deep in Eagles' territory. Roman Cox picked up two tough yards on a fourth and one to keep the drive alive and he pounded the ball into the end zone for a touchdown from three yards out. A two-point conversion made the score 14-8. The conversion was anything but routine. Bryce Reid was held up after he took a handoff, but he saw Brewer in the backfield and pitched him the ball back. Brewer ran for the corner of the end zone and just made it to secure the points.
Wilson drove down the field for a score on their next possession. Schaaf found Honea in the back of the end zone. Maud questioned the catch as the ball popped free from Honea after he hit the ground. The officials ruled that he made the catch before the ball came loose and the Eagles led 20-8.
On Maud's next drive, the bad luck started to hit. Reid scampered 15 yards for a touchdown, but a holding call backed the Tigers up. They went on to turn the ball over on downs. After forcing a three-and-out from the Eagles, Hayes called for a change of pace.
Brewer split out wide rather than settling in behind center. Bryxton Sanders took the snap and found Brewer sprinting behind the defense for a 52-yard touchdown, but that score also came back thanks to an illegal formation call.
The Tigers weren't able to score again and the missed opportunities allowed the Eagles to cling to a 20-8 halftime lead.
Hodges started the second half scoring when he ran the ball in from 36 yards out to make the score 26-8 less than a minute into the second half.
Maud drove all the way inside the five yard line when Reid was tackled mere inches short of the first down and Wilson took over on their own three.
The next time Maud had the ball, Brewer found Reid who got behind the defense to make the score 26-14.
After stopping the Eagles on the next drive, Reid showed incredible strength as he dragged Wilson defenders into the end zone from 15 yards out to cut the lead to 26-20.
Needing a stop, Maud had forced Wilson into a third and eight situation. Logan Schaaf ran the option to the right and pitched the ball to Trevor Schaaf who took it 58 yards for the score.
The 34-20 final could have been different without two touchdowns getting called back and failing to punch it in deep in Eagle territory, but Coach Hayes said he was happy about how his team responded to adversity.
"We started to use those calls as an excuse, but the guys put it behind them and really came back and played hard," Hayes said. "I was really proud of their effort."
Maud starts district play next week at Caddo.