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Eagles D steps in at right time

Published Aug. 28, 2005

Brandon coach Jim Wilt said he started to worry in the second quarter about his team getting into a shootout with the high-powered Jefferson offense.

He had no idea how much of a shootout it would be. The teams combined for 1,000 yards of offense, 39 first downs and 97 points.

The visiting Eagles (2-0) prevailed 49-48 after their defense made one of its only stops of the night.

There were 37 seconds remaining after Jefferson's Alex Suber carried in his second fourth-quarter touchdown from 2 yards out. Dragons coach Mike Heldt called for timeout to decide whether to go for two.

It was a no-brainer. Jefferson was five-for-five on two-point conversions, and quarterback Stephan Garcia already had scored two touchdowns on draw plays.

This time the Eagles defense stood Garcia up at the goal line. As he reached over with the ball, it was knocked away, and the referees ruled it a fumble.

"I don't think I've ever seen a game so high-scoring and so close," Wilt said. "I never anticipated it would be like this. I thought we'd have to try to grind it out against them."

Jefferson (1-1) had a chance to score early but fumbled on the Brandon 3. On Brandon's second possession, quarterback Tyson Gordon found Arsenio Curry on a waggle route over the middle, and the lanky 6-foot-4 receiver ran 76 yards for a score.

Curry said the waggle is a play-action pass set up by the Wing-T sweep. The sweep was equally effective for the Eagles, as sophomore running back Mike Brown ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries. Fullback Win Hutchinson pitched in 50 yards and a score.

Gordon tossed two more touchdowns to Curry (18 yards) and Ronnie Marcus (37 yards) in the second quarter as the Eagles exploited the porous Dragon secondary.

Despite Brandon's 28-19 halftime advantage, Jefferson came back to tie it at 42 on Suber's 1-yard run with 6:38 left.

Suber rushed for 215 yards on 25 carries. On a 12-yard TD run in the second quarter, he showed his ability to cut back while running at full speed, as he eluded five tackles en route to the end zone.