After a workman-like, but thorough, 35-17 win over Terrell’s Tigers last Friday at Eagle Stadium, Lindale Head Coach Chris Cochran said he’s pleased with the state of his club’s 2-2 season thus far – up to a point.
“Sure, we’d love to be 4-0,’’ he said. “But if you told me back in the summer we’d be in a position to be 3-2 before district, I would have been happy.’’
The Eagles, who travel to Gladewater this Friday to take on the Bears, can build some momentum heading into their bye week of Oct. 6, with the District 17-5A opener against Nacogdoches looming on Oct. 13.
“Overall, I’m pleased with where we’re at, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have room for improvement or room to grow,’’ he said.
Lindale’s defense, which allowed a lone Terrell touchdown in the fourth period, set an early tone on the visitor’s first possession.
Linebacker Justin Little trapped Terrell quarterback Victor Robinson at the Tigers’ 18 and forced a fumble, which was scooped by lineman Ty McDaniel who took it in for the score.
With eight minutes left in the opening period, Lindale grabbed a 7-0 lead and didn’t look back.
On its next possession, Lindale quarterback Dillon Heinaman connected with Colton Brown on a 42-yarder to put the ball at the Terrell six. On the next play, Jordan Robison, who rushed for four touchdowns on the night, scored off right tackle.
Terrell cut the lead to 15-10 at the 11:35 mark of the second period on a 27-yard interception return, but the Eagles added some cushion on their next possession.
Later in the second period, the Heinaman-to-Brown connection worked again, this time for 27 yards, setting up Robinson’s seven yard score.
Lindale took a 21-10 lead to the dressing room and as the saying goes, the game wasn’t as close as the score.
“Defensively, we did some really good things,’’ Cochran said. “Until the end, we’d only allowed three points. There are still some things we need to clean up, but that’s the beauty of a game like this – we still got the win and the kids can feel good about themselves.’’
On the Eagles’ first possession of the second half, punter Cody Pike kept the ball on a fake punt and raced 14 yards for a first down to keep the drive alive.
Four plays later, Robinson scored his third touchdown of the game, a four yarder that built Lindale’s lead to 28-10.
Robinson, who seemed to get stronger as the game wore on, got touchdown No. 4 with 5:26 left from six yards out.
The coach praised the play of Robinson – “whenever he touches the ball good things happen’’ – as well as Brown, Heinaman and Cooper Asbell.
Defensively, he cited defensive back Jaron Covey, Little and McDaniel.
“He’s done a very good job up front for us this year,’’ Cochran said of McDaniel.
This week in Gladewater, Cochran feels his club could be wearing some bruises when it’s over.
“They are a little banged up, but you can always count on getting a physical game from them,’’ he said. “That’s who they are – a tough, blue collar type of team that gets after you.’’