Eagles fall short at Homecoming after penalty nullifies winning touchdown

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Most of the student population of Trinity Christian Academy went to class Friday dressed in their school colors in honor of Homecoming.

During their pep rally, all ages gathered to cheer for the varsity football team that would play later that evening.

But after a hard-fought game, the Eagles fell to the Nazarene Christian Academy Lions, 65-60.

"They were a tough opponent," said head coach Jeff Anderson, coaching the varsity team for his first season.

But despite the loss, the Eagles hold a respectable 5-2 record, an improvement over the previous season of only two wins.

The high-scoring game included 10 lead changes as the Lions and Eagles both fought for the win.

"It was hard-fought," Anderson said. "I’m very proud of the boys’ effort."

The Lions struck first, outscoring the Eagles 20-8 in the first quarter. But by the fourth quarter, the Eagles had caught up and even passed their opponents to lead by as much as 10 points.

The Eagles scored eight touchdowns, but both teams struggled holding on to the lead.

With under a minute left in the game and the Lions ahead by five points, the Eagles’ defense halted the Lions’ progress near the Lions’ goal line and the Eagles took possession with time running out.

The noise on the field echoed as the students and alumni watching stomped their feet in the stands and cheered their support.

Zach De La Cruz then made a run from near the Lions endzone to the Eagles’ with just eight seconds remaining. But before the fans and team could finish celebrating, a penalty on their offense from the beginning of the play discounted the touchdown.

The field became much quieter as the ball was returned back to its starting point and the team this time failed to score in the final seconds.

Anderson said the team is still learning to play together but is making progress.

Some of the players were taken off the field as they faced different injuries. Anderson said he believed none were serious and that all will return next week for their game in Midland.

Daniel Wigley, though playing with an injury, kicked for 12 extra points and also had a 58-yard punt.

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