Daingerfield Rolls to 58-0 Victory Over Eustace in Bi-District Playoff
BULLARD — The Daingerfield Tigers made their presence known early, rolling over the Eustace Bulldogs, 58-0, in their Class 2A Division I Region II bi-district playoff game Friday night at Brook Hill’s Herrington Stadium.
Daingerfield quarterback Keris Alexander completed 7 of 9 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran the ball for a 2-yard touchdown. The versatile Tigers offense utilized six different players to spark the win.
“We worked on fixing us this week,” Daingerfield coach Aric Sardinea said. “Offensively we try to run the football and hold onto it and control that aspect of the game. We worked on that all week. Our main focus is working on us and getting our team where we need to be. We just needed to take care of the little details and just focus on our team.”
Daingerfield will face Callisburg (9-1) on Friday or Saturday at Hanby Stadium in Mesquite.
It didn’t take long for Daingerfield (8-3) to strike at Eustace (6-5). In fact, it only took 15 seconds.
On the opening kickoff, junior running back Troy Stuard ran the ball 71 yards for the Tigers’ first touchdown of the evening. After a failed field-goal attempt by Eustace, Daingerfield took control of the ball on its own 20-yard line. On a drive that included three fumbled snaps, Alexander ran the ball in for a 2-yard touchdown.
The Bulldogs went three-and-out and were forced to punt. Calvin Bryant received the punt for the Tigers and broke five tackles to race into the end zone from 32 yards out to extend the Daingerfield lead to 21-0.
With 10:22 left in the third quarter, the Tigers recovered a Bulldogs fumble, setting Daingerfield up for a 5-yard touchdown run by Cordarius Anderson. Eustace made it all the way to the Daingerfield 33-yard line before an incomplete pass forced a turnover on downs. Alexander then connected with Edwin Mims for the 66-yard touchdown and a 49-0 advantage.
The Tigers put the final nail in the coffin when Ramius Wallace broke through the Bulldog defensive line for a 5-yard touchdown.
“We are not strangers to the playoffs,” Sardinea said. “We have been in for the past 14 of 15 years and have been to them for the last six straight years. I have not seen Callisburg, but we need to work on our fundamentals and technique. It’s the little things we need to fix. We feel like we have the talent, we just need to work on the passing game and our special teams were outstanding tonight and we’ve been waiting on that. We really just showed up tonight and competed and these next couple of weeks we will be working on details and work to get better every day.”
Jalen Seahorn carried the ball 11 times for 60 yards and Adam Carson rushed for 92 yards on 21 carries to spark the Eustace offense.