Salado Eagles get a week of rest before beginning District 9-4A football Oct. 7. The Eagles will be going into that game with what has been a rarity in Salado for the past several years — a three-game winning streak.
The last time the Eagles strung three wins together was 2008, when Salado finished in second place in District football and 7-4 with a first-round loss to Altair Rice. That was coach Jeff Cheatham’s last year in Salado.
If the last three weeks are any indication, Haire’s Eagles may begin building a return to stellar football now playing at the 4A level.
For homecoming on Sept. 23, Salado ran over the visitors from St. Dominic Savio 42-17.
Salado churned up almost 500 yards of offense, 461 of it on the ground.
Two runners had over 100 yards. Workhorse Trey Sheppard carried the ball 12 times for 116 yards. Jake Harvey touched the ball five times for 109 yards with runs of 38 yards and 44 yards.
Jake Elliott had two carries, one of them for 78 yards, for a total of 80 yards.
Wyatt Bagley rushed for 61 yards on six carries while Aaron Torczynski had 52 yards on six carries and Cade Depoy had 35 yars on three carries.
Nine different Eagles carried the ball on the offense.
Hayden Haire had 27 yards on one completion to Elliott. Haire threw three times.
The opponents teamed up for 28 points in the first half.
Harvey scored the first touchdown on a 38 yard run with 8:57 in the first to cap a 45-yard drive for the Eagles. Jake Walrath toed the PAT for a 7-0 lead.
St. Dominic’s Brandon White returned a fumble for 90 yards to score with 4:11 in the first. Nathan French kicked the PAT to tie the game.
Harvey then had a TD run of 44 yards. Walrath converted the kick for a 14-7 lead at the 3:23 mark.
With 44 seconds left in the first, Elliott scored on a 74 yard run. Walrath kicked his third straight PAT for a 21-7 first quarter lead.
Salado added two more touchdowns in the second quarter while St. Dominic added a field goal.
Sheppard had a touchdown run 48 yards with 2:03 left in the half. Walrath converted both to give Salado a 28-7 lead.
St. Dominic’s French converted a 39 yard field goal to bring the first half score to 28-10.
SaladoBoth teams scored in the third.
Midway through the third, St. Dominic quarterback Clay Orrison dove in from the one. The PAT was good to bring the score to 35-17.
Salado capped a 45 yard drive with a one yard dive by Sheppard with 2:18 left in the third. The PAT was good for the 42-17 win.