In its area round playoff game last Friday against the Dickinson Gators, the Atascocita Eagles football team found itself trailing early.
But thanks to a second quarter scoring explosion, the Eagles wiped away a 7-0 deficit and went on to win 50-21 to advance to the regional semifinals for the third straight year.
There, they will take on one of Texas’ most preeminent high school football programs.
Late in the first quarter, Dickinson struck first on a 43 yard touchdown pass to Myles Lewis. But that lead wouldn’t last for long.
The Eagles began the second quarter scoring with a 37 yard touchdown run by Jack Roe that tied the score at seven.
Before the quarter ended, Aaron Durham added a defensive safety, Dammion Green and DeCarlos Demmerritte scored rushing touchdowns and Roe threw a 58 yard touchdown to Payton Harden.
When all was said and done, the Eagles went to the locker room up 29-14.
In the second half, the Eagles added another touchdown run from Green, and two touchdowns from Shannon Junior to get to their 50 points.
The win marks the fourth straight game, going back to Atascocita’s 55-21 win over C.E. King, in which the Eagles have scored 50 points or more and it is the Eagles’ ninth straight win. All of those wins have come by 17 points or more.
The Mustangs also advanced to the third round of the playoffs with a 38-30 win over the Clear Lake Falcons.
After holding a lead for much of their area round game against Friendswood, the Bulldogs saw the Mustangs come back and eventually prevail 27-26. The Bulldogs ended their season 7-4.
Up next, the Mustangs will take on Langham Creek on Saturday at the University of Houston; meanwhile, the Eagles will take on Katy Friday at NRG Stadium. The undefeated Tigers are a program which has won four state titles in the last nine years.