Photo by Abel Carrillo/Story by Michael Montes
In a game where Canutillo never led during regulation, the pesky Eagles from far west Texas found a way to win on Homecoming with a 38 – 35 triumph over a hard luck Hanks Knights squad.
With the victory Canutillo secures a playoff spot in District 1-5A Division II and holds serve for a possible winner take all showdown vs. Parkland in two weeks on the final week of the season.
However this night was all about determination for the home squad on the blue turf.
Trailing 20-35 going into the 4th quarter, the Eagles found a way to get it done in the most entertaining 4th quarter of football you will ever see.
It started with a touchdown to start the 4th quarter on a 35 yard pass play from Caleb Rodriguez to Joaquin Carrasco, the workhouse running back for Canutillo. He finished the night with 20 carries for 257 yards.
The Canutillo defense then held Hanks and got the ball back to set up the dramatic finish. Canutillo would score again on a touchdown run by Jorge Fuentes, a personal foul would be called tho against the Eagles and enforced on the point after try.
Trailing by two points Canutillo had to go for two from their 18 yard line. On the try Caleb Rodriguez would throw an absolute dime to the back of the endzone to Josiah Burciaga to tie the game at 35 with 4:23 to go in the ball game.
After another stalled Hanks drive that was a turnover on downs Canutillo would have a desperation shot to win the game with 1:29 in the final stanza.
After a couple of big plays the Eagles found themselves on the Hanks 6 yard line. The initial field goal try was blocked and returned by Hanks as regulation time ran out.
Then on second field goal try on an untimed down from the 19 yard line kicker Abraham Avila split the uprights to give Canutillo the impossible win.
Canutillo never had the lead throughout the game but yet found a way to send the home crowd happy on homecoming.