The Eagles were victorious earlier this month against Butte Valley and Friday’s victory added to their untarnished record.
The Eagles burst out with a strong start, scoring twice immediately. The Grizzlies got the advantage for a bit with a good run, but the Eagles took it back a yard at a time, leading to Junior Ivan Espinoza’s score and 2-point conversion. Despite having the setting sun obscuring their view of the end zone, Princeton ended up scoring 24 points by the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter found the teams playing on the edge of another Eagle touchdown when Loyalton snagged the pigskin and nearly got away with it, had it not been for junior Jonathan Silva’s tackle. Another touchdown brought the score up to 32 for the Eagles but the mood suddenly went cold with the pained groans from Lathan Ryan, an injured Grizzly, who needed to be carried off the field for medical evaluation.
Princeton junior Ulices Gutierrez brought up the energy again with another score for the Eagles. Loyalton freshman James Durney answered back with a great run and score for his team, but Espinoza intercepted and thwarted any extra points being awarded to the Grizzlies.
The third quarter was over in the blink of an eye. Princeton senior Joey Wills pushed Loyalton back with a 20-yard sprint and scored a touchdown with freshman Alex Medina adding to the points.
“There was a few times I let (Wills) do the play calling,” said coach Bryan Lex, “and he didn’t always call his number. He picked somebody that might not normally get the ball.”
Lex added, “That was nice to see, selfless play.”
Fourth quarter got another touchdown and 2-point conversion bringing the final score to 56. Loyalton’s Durney gave some impressive bobbing and weaving, ducking and twisting out of tackles, but Gutierrez thwarted the fancy footwork.
The Eagles dominated their home field with a quick game but still gave the team experience that has been lacking.
“You just don’t know what you should focus on until you play a couple of games and look at where you’re at,” said Lex. “We’ll have some good film to look at and start working toward Greenville next week.”
Princeton will go to Greenville Sept. 27. Game starts at 6 PM. ■