WATSON — Thursday was homecoming night for the Live Oak Eagles, but all the celebrations were reserved for Broadmoor.
The Eagles’ furious second-half rally wasn’t enough to overcome its early mistakes, and the Buccaneers manufactured enough big plays to escape Live Oak Stadium with a 26-12 win.
The 5A Eagles (1-2) failed to find a remedy for its three turnovers, and the Broadmoor (2-1) quarterbacks Joshua Rogers and Ryan Sibley combined for 201 passing yards, 122 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
“There’s always something else we could’ve done to prepare as coaches,” Live Oak coach David Dykes said. “The only way we could contain (Rogers) was when he got injured, and then the second quarterback came in and gave us fits throwing the ball.”
Mistakes plagued both offenses in the first half when the teams combined for five turnovers. But Broadmoor overcame its sloppy start with big plays.
A Broadmoor fumble in the first quarter gave the Eagles possession at the Broadmoor 39-yard line. LeBLanc completed his first two passes before he put the Eagles up 6-0 with an 8-yard touchdown scramble.
On the Buccaneers’ second drive, Rogers found receiver Reginald Williams down the right sideline for a 38-yard gain and then called his own number on a 23-yard touchdown run that gave the Buccaneers an 8-6 lead.
The Buccaneers lined up for a punt on their next possession. Rogers, positioned as an upback, sailed a pass down the middle into the hands of Devontae Thomas for a 55-yard touchdown pass to increase Broadmoor’s lead to 14-6.
“That was definitely the turning point when we put those points on the board,” Bucs head coach Rusty Price said. “It’s little things like that that keep momentum in your favor.”
After a Live Oak three-and-out with a minute remaining in the first half, Sibley and the Bucs ran their hurry-up offense. Sibley scrambled for a first down, completed a 20-yard pass to tight end David Collins and found Collins on the next play for a 15-yard TD to put Broadmoor ahead 20-6.
Live Oak tried to seize momentum early in the second half by forcing a fumble and a three-and-out on Broadmoor’s first two possessions. But the Eagles couldn’t cut into Broadmoor’s lead until late in the fourth quarter.
After missing a 42-yard field goal attempt, Live Oak turned the ball over on downs when receiver Wesley Howard dropped Cole LeBlanc’s fourth-and-4 pass in the end zone.
Howard found redemption on the following possession when he grabbed a 20-yard reception that set up a 25-yard touchdown pass from LeBlanc to Beau Forrest with four minutes remaining in the game.
A Broadmoor three-and-out gave the Eagles possession at their own 20-yard line. LeBlanc scrambled for a short gain on third down, but, on a fourth-and-4, his pass was intercepted by Reginald Williams.
LeBlanc completed 15 of 32 passes for 162 yards to go with a touchdown and interception. Forrest led the Eagles with four catches for 48 yards and a touchdown.
“Our guys aren’t as good as they think they are, but they still fight hard,” Price said. “They made mistakes, but they did it at full speed. And as a football coach that’s what you look for.”