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November 19, 2013

REGION II-2A BI-DISTRICT PLAYOFFS: Flipped out

EHS exits with 34-7 loss to Daingerfield

VAN — The Eustace Bulldogs came into Saturday’s contest with the longest playoff run in Henderson County at six years.

Saturday afternoon, the Bulldogs were sent home in the Region II-2A Division I bi-district round with a 34-7 loss to the Daingerfield Tigers at Van Memorial Stadium.

“We shot ourselves in the foot twice and gave up the big play late in the first half,” first-year head coach Heath Ragle said. “We told them at the half that we are doing everything we can and the kids battled and did not give up in the game.”

The Bulldogs finished the year at 5-6 overall as the No. 4-seed in District 7-2A play.

“I learned that we have a lot of great kids here in Eustace and kids that will play super hard even with all of the injuries that we had this season,” Ragle said.

This was the second win for Daingerfield over Eustace as they won a 58-0 bi-district contest last year.

EHS relied on the legs of senior running back Jesus Barcenas throughout the game as he finished with 39-carries for 158 yards and one touchdown.

Daingerfield (8-3) opened up the scoring in the second quarter as Calvin Bryant found an opening down the left sideline for a 45-yard touchdown run. Kenyon Whetstone booted the PAT good with 9:02 remaining.

Eustace then put together a 15-play drive on their next possession but the drive stalled at the Daingerfield 10-yard line.

Eustace quarterback Ryan Brown rolled out to pass the ball, but Tiger’s linebacker Spencer Anderson intercepted the pass and ran 95-yards to the house for the 13-0 lead with 24 seconds remaining in the first half of play.

Daingerfield would add another touchdown on their opening drive of the second half.

The key play of that drive for the Tigers’ happened on a third-and-15 as quarterback Malik Higgins found Bryant for 44-yards down to the Eustace one-yard line.

Cordarious Anderson then pounded his way in with 9:56 remaining for the 20-0 lead.

Eustace went back to their patented run game on the next drive for a 14-play, 67-yard drive for their first touchdown of the game.

Barcenas rumbled his way in from three-yards out with 2:08 remaining in the third quarter. Barcenas had nine carries for 38-yards during the drive.

“I think this shows how hard our kids played,” Ragle said. “This game showed us how we want to be able to get to the level that Daingerfield is right now.”

In the fourth quarter, Eustace gave up a three-yard touchdown run to Keaten Key and a 16-yard touchdown run to Higgins.

Eustace finished the game with 62 carries for 255 yards. Daingerfield out gained Eustace with 283 yards of offense.

Eustace running back Abed Abuhatab finished with six carries for 39 yards and Keenan Hargest had nine carries for 29 yards.

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