Lone Pine’s football team may have fallen against Tonopah, 24-51, in its first game of the season, but the Eagles didn’t quit after struggling in the first quarter.
“The effort was the biggest positive,” said first-year Lone Pine coach Chris Riesen, “They didn’t give up after we got down.”
The Eagles fumbled the ball three times and trailed 22-6 after the first quarter.
Lone Pine settled down in the second quarter and held the Muckers to a touchdown.
Late in the second half, the Eagles took control and they outscored Tonopah, 12-9, in the fourth quarter.
Leading the Eagles’ offense was quarterback Robert Hunter, who went 7-11 for 184 for 3 touchdowns. Emmanuel Castro helped Hunter, out rushing for 93 yards.
Scoring for the Eagles were Casey Sullivan, who scored 2 touchdowns; Seth Muniz and Nate Delgado each had a touchdown.
On defense, Seth Gilmore led the Eagles with 18 tackles and Mike Palsrok added 12 tackles.
Even though Riesen was pleased with his team’s effort, he would like to see the Eagles improve before the Hi-Lo League starts.
“Execution is a big thing and so is confidence in the offense,” Riesen said on areas where his squad can improve.
Both Lone Pine’s offense and defense are new this year. With a new coaching staff and new plays, Riesen said his squad is using its preseason games as practice.
“If we don’t win any of the three preseason games, it’s OK as long we use them to get ready for league,” Riesen said.
Lone Pine plays again Friday at Faith Baptist