BIG PLAYS PROPEL EAGLES OVER FALCONS , 34-7  

On an evening when the Eagles high-powered offense sputtered at times, big plays helped Southwest dispatch a scrappy Ferguson team, 34-7. One special teams score and one defensive touchdown picked up the slack for the Eagles (6-1, 3-1) on a wet Tropical Stadium field. Southwest drew first blood on its second possession when Antonio Garcia's 23-yard field goal made it 3-0. Keanu Sullivan recovered a fumble at the start of the second quarter to set up a 2-play, 60 yard drive, 47 yards coming on a touchdown run by Te'Corey Tutson. The Falcons (2-5, 1-3) drove to the Eagles 44 when Manny Pineda recovered a fumble at the Ferguson 42. Three plays lost 2 yards but Tutson kept the drive alive by gaining 14 yards on a fake punt. Andre Stringfield ran 24 yards to the six yard line before the drive stalled and Garcia hit another 23-yard field goal to put Southwest up, 13-0, at the half. The defense's shot at a fourth shutout evaporated in the third quarter when the Eagles turned the ball over deep in their own territory. Five plays later, a 2-yard run cut the lead to 13-7. Any momentum Ferguson hoped to gain was quickly lost when JJ Jaramillo returned the ensuing kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown. Midway through the fourth quarter, the Falcons went for it on fourth-and-three from their own 27-yard line and came up empty. Two plays later, Jaramillo found Derek Gonzalez for a 35-yard catch-and-run to stretch the lead to 27-7. Just over a minute later, Mike Martinez intercepted a pass and returned it 42 yards to close out the scoring. Donovan Edouard had two interceptions in the third quarter.

 

 

 

Mike Martinez scored for the defense
on a 42-yard interception return