Eagles Grounded by Physical Pioneers

In the end, the Seymour Eagles just had too much to overcome Friday in a heartbreaking loss at Rutledge.

The Eagles were plagued by time and distance as much as they were the opposing Rutledge Pioneers Friday night in a 20-17 double-overtime, region setback.

If that wasn't enough, the Eagles (2-2, 0-1) also had to overcome their own mistakes for much of the physical contest.

Seymour answered a third-quarter Rutledge touchdown with a one-yard fourth quarter plunge from part-time junior quarterback Todd Ogle with 10:03 left in the game. Carlos Lopez's ensuing extra-point kick tied the score at 7-7.

Seymour had a terrific opportunity to win the game late in the fourth quarter after the Eagles' defense negated a Pioneers' drive with an inspired effort. Defensive end Tyler Gamble penetrated the Rutledge (4-1, 1-0) backfield and dragged down the Pioneers' running back behind the line-of-scrimmage on a fourth-down-and-6 conversion attempt, giving the Eagles' offense life at the Rutledge 35-yard line with 2:10 left.

The ensuing Seymour offensive series was a microcosm of the entire night for the Eagles. Needing just a few yards to get in range for a potential game-winning Lopez field goal attempt, the Eagles picked up a quick eight-yard gain on a first-down Matt Lynam run, seemingly moving the ball inside the Rutledge 30. However, an offensive holding penalty—marked off from the spot of the foul—negated Lynam's run and moved the Eagles' offense a little further from Lopez's range.

Ogle lined up under center and gained five yards on a quarterback sweep and Chase Turner ran up the middle to move a little further into range, and setting up a third-down and four yards to go as the clock ticked down to the one minute mark.

Ogle hit receiver Seth Stoffle on a quick slant for a 10-yard gain to the Rutledge 20, picking up the Seymour first down. After an Eagles' time-out, the Seymour effort was devastated when an Eagles' player was whistled for committing a personal foul during a short Chase Parrott run with 34 seconds left.

Two desperation plays to end regulation went backwards for the Eagles, leading to an overtime showdown in the crucial region match-up. Rutledge quarterback Skyler McBee threw a quick touchdown pass on the first play of overtime, giving the Pioneers a 14-7 lead after the ensuing extra-point kick.

With Ogle under center for the Eagles' offense, Parrott took an inside reverse to the Rutledge five-yard line on first down.

Duncan Smith then came in at quarterback for Seymour, and two plays later took a quarterback sneak into a pile at the goal line, emerging from the other side of the pile of players for a Seymour touchdown. Lopez then drilled the point-after attempt to tie it up again at 14-14.

After Seymour won the coin toss before the first overtime the Pioneers were left in the preferable position of playing defense first in the second overtime. Overtime rules in high school football state for the teams to alternate possessions after each overtime period.

In the second overtime the Eagles used a one-yard run by Parrott on first down, a three-yard Ogle quarterback scramble on second down before Smith missed Stoffle high in the end zone on a pass attempt on third down. Lopez then drilled the 23-yard field-goal attempt from the far hash mark to put Seymour briefly on top 17-14.

On the first play of the ensuing Rutledge series, McBee took a three-step drop before pulling the ball down and darting through a hole in the middle of the line-of-scrimmage. The Rutledge quarterback ran untouched inside the Seymour five-yard line and broke a tackle at the three before striding into the end zone for the game winning score.

Both teams were undone by Penalties and turnovers throughout the first half.

The first quarter ended in a scoreless tie The Eagles had the ball inside the Rutledge five-yard line in the final minute of the first and after failing to push the ball across on first-down and goal at the one, Ogle lost the ball on a mishandled center-snap as he took a step back from the line, the ball popped out an was recovered by Rutledge at the Pioneers own three-yard line.

McBee, who finished 6-for-11 through the air for 132 yards with the 10-yard third quarter touchdown pass, helped account for all of the Pioneers' points

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