Late TD pass lifts Eagles

Josh Oates

The College of the Siskiyous Eagles survived a scare Saturday and escaped their home-field with a 28-24 victory over the Yuba 49ers.

With 4:17 remaining in the fourth quarter, Josh Hudson lofted a 19-yard spiral into the hands of a wide open Isaac Silafau for the game winning touchdown.

It was an easy score that put the finishing touches on a victory that proved anything but easy for the Eagles, who provided their opponents with plenty of opportunities to stay in the game (two fumbles, one interception, three turnovers on downs).

“It wasn’t pretty... This is one of those situations we have got a lot to learn from a win,” COS head coach Eric Young told his team following the game. “We’ll take it, but you guys are a much, much better football team than you played today.”

Less than four minutes in, the Eagles jumped to a 14-0 advantage on two Taylor Cox touchdown runs, capitalizing each time on a Yuba fumble.

The game looked to be an early runaway, but an Eagle fumble handed Yuba the ball with just 25 yards between themselves and the goal-line.

The 49ers wasted no time making the fumble hurt, scoring on a 16-yard touchdown pass.

The Eagles looked to be back on track on their next possession, marching deep into 49er territory.

Faced with a 3rd and 6, Hudson avoided the rush and shovel-passed the ball down field, straight into the arms of a 49er defender who returned it 85 yards for the touchdown.

The PAT made it a 14-14 game.

The Eagles looked to get back on track, but twice in the second quarter they drove the ball into Yuba territory only to turn it over on downs; luckily the Eagle defense held down the fort and the game went to half locked at 14-14.

The second half opened with the Eagle offense strolling through the 49er defense to the tune of an 11- play 65-yard drive capped by a Reginald Howell touchdown run.

The PAT made it a 21-14 game.

The 49ers cut into in the deficit in the fourth quarter with a 39-yard field goal that made it a 21-17 game with 11:11 remaining,

Two possessions and just under five minutes later, the 49ers struck gold on a 62-yard touchdown pass that gave them a 24-21 lead with 6:51 left.

A penalty forced the 49ers to kickoff from their own 15 — this proved costly as Isaac Silafau returned the kick to the 49er 47, setting the Eagles up with a short field.

After seven plays, Hudson and the offense had marched their way to the Yuba 19, where they were faced with a 3rd and 5.

The Eagles went to the air on 3rd down, but the 49er defenders broke through with heavy pressure and forced Hudson out of the pocket, amidst Hudson’s scrambling, the 49er defensive backfield lost track of Silafau, who sat all alone in the end zone waiting patiently for what would prove to be an air-mailed game winning package.

D’Andre Dearmon finished with six solo tackles and 4 assists to lead the Eagle defense.

Devin Howard finished with a forced fumble, fumble recovery and a half-sack.

Carlos Real had an interception and Josh Baum forced a fumble and had two fumble recoveries.

Taylor Cox rushed for 192 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Eagle offense.

Hudson finished 29-44 for 261 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Te’Aire Bell had 10 receptions for 76 yards while Silafau caught 8 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown.

The Eagles (2-2) have their homecoming game against Redwoods on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Weed.