In its final tune-up before Hi-Lo play begins, the Lone Pine football team fell, 35-14, to Rolling Hills Prep Saturday.
The Eagles made key defensive stops against the Huskies, who are ranked fourth in the CIF Southern Section for big schools, but struggled on the offensive end.
Rolling Hills got on the board in the final three minutes of the first quarter. A few plays later the Eagles recovered the ball around the Huskies’ 40.
At the start of the second quarter, Nate Delgado pushed his way into the end zone. The Eagles faked kicking the extra point and got the 2-point conversion after Robert Hunter hit Emmanuel Castro in the end zone.
Lone Pine forced another fumble around the Huskies’ 20-yard line but were not able to convert the turnover into points.
After getting possession back, Rolling Hills threw the ball deep into the Eagles’ territory and after being stopped at the goal line by Lone Pine twice, the Huskies pushed the ball into the end zone.
Rolling Hills then got on the scoreboard once more, when a Husky ran back a punt for a touchdown.
The Huskies earned their final points of the half after recovering from a tackle for a loss by Shane Reisen. After Reisen’s tackle, Rolling Hills ran the ball into the end zone.
When the Eagles got the ball back, they forced their way deep into Rolling Hills territory after a pass interference call put Lone Pine on the Huskies 30-yard line.
But Lone Pine did not get any closer to the end zone as the Huskies sacked Hunter on the next play.
“On offense we’re still shooting ourselves in the foot,” said Lone Pine coach Chris Reisen. “We are our own worst enemy, (but) that’s what you get with a young team.”
The Huskies took a 28-8 lead at the half.
Lone Pine started the second with Seth Gilmore recovering a fumble, but the Eagles struggled when they got the ball.
The Huskies recovered a Lone Pine fumble. Mike Palsrok then picked up a fumble for the Eagles.
When Rolling Hills regained possession Paul Lucia sacked the Huskies’ quarterback for a loss. With the sack, Rolling Hills were forced into a field goal attempt that came up short.
Gilmore recovered the ball for the Eagles at the start of the final quarter and ran it back to the Huskies’ 6-yard line. After being stopped twice by Rolling Hills, the Eagles fumble the ball.
Hunter came out of the game with a mild concussion after a hard hit on the play. Castro took over at quarterback.
Lucia and Jared Pierce then stopped the Huskies on fourth down when they tried to go for it on their next possession.
Even though the Eagles stopped Rolling Hills, the Huskies would score a few plays later as they ran back a punt.
Lone Pine got on the board in the last seconds of the game as Castro found Sawyer Entwistle to put the Eagles deep into Husky territory. Then pass interference put Lone Pine at the 5-yard line with 12 seconds to go. Castro tried to run the ball in but was stopped short. The Eagles then called a time-out and when play resumed Castro ran in the touchdown.
Leading the way on offense for the Eagles was Hunter, who was 11 for 15 for 153 yards. With a bye next week, Reisen hopes to get Hunter back for the Eagles’ next game.
Castro, who was playing quarterback for the first time since middle school, went 4 for 5 for 46 yards. Castro also led the Eagles in Rushing with 38 yards.
“Castro is fast and he can make stuff happen when he has the ball,” Reisen said.
On the defensive side, Pierce led the team with 12 tackles; Palsrok, Entwislle and Lucia added 10 each.
“Defensively we played hard,” Reisen said.
The Eagles will be in action again Saturday, Oct. 9 in Lee Vining.