Eden Outlasts Water Valley on Homecoming
EDEN, TX-- It was a six-man slip-n-slide when the Eden Bulldogs took on the Water Valley Wildcats. Eden advanced their record to 3-2 following their 36-18 victory over Water Valley at Eden's homecoming.
Breaking out of the pack early was Anthony Moya of the Bulldogs. He made a 50-yard dash for the end zone just two-minutes into the game and with a starting scroe of 8-0, Eden took off.
“Moya is a hard player,” said Eden’s Head Coach Clayton Garmon. His statement surely matched up to Moya’s actions. He remained a key player throughout the entirety of the match of the two six-man squads, each beginning the match with 2-2 records.
Donavan Gonzales was able to secure a touchdown of his own for the Bulldogs with a 45-yard carry to make the score 16-0 with 6:51 left in the first quarter.
“He lead the team by just his play,” Garmon said about Gonzales. “He’s not a loud leader just a quiet leader.”
Water Valley’s Caleb West blew past Eden defenders on a 55 yard carry before the first quarter ended for the first Water Valley touchdown of the night. With 4:27 left in the first quarter, Eden held a 16-6 lead.
To say Eden was fired up for this game would have been an under statement. The Bulldogs rattled off two more touchdowns in the first quarter; One by Moya and the other by Gonzales, giving them two at halftime with both teams going scoreless in the second quarter. Eden held a 28-6 score at intermission.
Jeremy Jackson was ready to make his appearance at the start of the second half with a Wildcat touchdown. Jackson made an explosive 15 yard carry to pump up his teammates and add six to the board. At 28-12, Eden still lead half-way through the third quarter.
Even Garmon recognized his impact in the second half, saying, “Jackson is a great athlete”.
Jackson’s touchdown was unanswered until the final minute of the fourth quarter. Moya took off for the pylon again, with just 58 seconds remaining. After that the Bulldogs seemed to slam the cage shut on the Wildcats 36-12.
But, in a heroic attempt on Water Valley’s last possession of the game, Manny Gamboa sailed a 40 yard pass to Justin Riley for the last touchdown of the night. Eden then let the clock run out on their 36-18 win over Water Valley.
The game plan is do what we do, and we’re good at what we do," said Garmon. “The plan was to take care of the ball,” which Eden did well.
Eden moves to 3-2 on the year, while Water Valley falls to 2-3. Eden will face Paint Rock after their bye week in week six and Water Valley will face May on the road next Friday.