The Boerne Greyhounds dominated the Pleasanton Eagles 41-7 on Friday.
The Greyhounds simply found a rhythm that the Eagles couldn’t stop, despite forcing a fumble on the opening drive. Pleasanton would go on to commit four turnovers, while the Greyhounds had just the one blemish in the turnover column.
Boerne would score touchdowns on all four Pleasanton turnovers.
“It was turning the ball over,” head coach Stephen Liska said regarding what did the Eagles in. “You’ve gotta be able to move the ball and occupy the clock. Then, you’ve gotta be able to stop them whenever there’s a sudden change. The kids battled, we were where we needed to be. [Boerne] just made plays.”
Senior quarterback Nathaniel Acevedo finished the day a dismal 15-of-39 passing for 180 yards and two interceptions. Senior receiver Dalton Hobbs got the double team treatment and managed a team-high 69 yards on four catches.
The Eagles did come away with a positive in the lopsided loss, though. Due to an injury to starting running back Joel Arevalo, the Eagles have seen Daniel Valadez and junior Toby Garner split the workload over the last couple of weeks.
Today, Garner stepped up with a team-high 14 carries, 69 yards and the Eagles only touchdown, a four-yard run late in the second quarter. Having that depth will likely come in handy heading into the teeth of Pleasanton’s schedule.
“Anytime you have depth and the depth is quality, that counts,” Liska said. “Toby’s come a long way and he’s getting better. Our whole team is getting better and, obviously, Daniel has to play defense too. Daniel’s a trooper. He’s a freaking warrior. I’m proud of that kid accepting being able to go both ways and doing what he can for our team.”
The Eagles get a breather now with a bye week in Week 9. It couldn’t have come at a better time for a Pleasanton team clinging to playoff hopes and recovering from a bite by the injury bug.
“The bye week is at a great time. We get a little rest, a little more recuperation for some of our injured kids and just kinda fine tune some things that we’re doing,” Liska said.
But the road to the playoffs won’t be an easy one. The Eagles square off with Beeville Jones on the road in Week 10. Then, in the regular season finale, they welcome a La Vernia team that’s looking to make it back to the state semifinals like they did a year ago.
Much like year’s past, the meeting with Beeville could swing the playoff door open or closed for Pleasanton.
“We’ve had some battles with Beeville,” Liska said. “We’ve gone down there year in and year out, and it’s been for a playoff spot in this district with those guys. I’m looking forward to the challenge, our kids are too, but we’ve still got two games to go. We win the next two, we’re in the playoffs.
“Every next game on the schedule is critical obviously. We’re in a two-game playoff. The most important game of the year is Beeville on the road down there. Our kids will be ready, our coaching staff will be ready. We’re gonna go down there and give it our best shot.”
Pleasanton (6-2, 0-2) travels to Beeville on Nov. 1.