HOLLY POND, Ala. – The Cold Springs Eagles traveled to Holly Pond to face off against the Broncos Thursday night. The Eagles spoiled the Broncos’ season opener 28-16.
First-year Bronco Coach Chris Moss’ team features 13 seniors this year.
Holly Pond won the toss and chose to receive the opening kickoff. Behind the strong running of Levi Boatright, the Broncos drove down to the Eagle 30-yard line. They went for it on fourth down, but fell short.
Eagle running back Ayden Alexander and quarterback Brodi Williams couldn’t get their offense going on its first possession, handing the ball back to Holly Pond.
After a Bronco punt, Williams found Izaiah Estell open down the sideline for a 54-yard touchdown pass. At the end of the first quarter, the Eagles were on top 7-0.
The Broncos got a break with an Eagle fumble at the 20, but the offense was flagged for a chop block, putting the ball back on the Eagle 35. Facing third-and-long, Bronco quarterback Landon Perkins scrambled to the right, and with everyone covered, took it 35 yards for the touchdown. The Broncos took the lead with a two-point conversion, making it 8-7 with 8:22 left in the half.
The Eagles, behind Alexander and Williams, took control of the second quarter and scored twice more. At the half, Cold Springs was up 21-8.
The Eagles received the second-half kickoff and took it up to the 38-yard line. Alexander busted through the Holly Pond defensive line for 26 yards. Williams scrambled for another first down before Alexander scored his second touchdown on the night, putting the Eagles on top 28-8.
Holly Pond put together its first good drive of the third quarter, bringing the Broncos within 12 points of the Eagles, 28-16.
The Broncos got close to the end zone twice in the fourth before turning the ball over on downs both times, but the Bronco defense shut down the Eagle running game, giving Holly Pond a chance to win it.
On the Broncos’ final drive, the Eagles sacked the Bronco signal caller twice before Holly Pond turned the ball over on downs once again.
Final score: Cold Springs 28, Holly Pond 16
Holly Pond will be at Oakman next week, when Cold Springs will host Sulligent.
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