COMO — The homestanding Eagles played well enough to win but came up short, 28-23, on Senior Night at Ron Heflin Field.
Seventeen seniors played their final home game of the year but will get to advance to postseason play despite the hard-fought district football loss to Bogata Rivercrest.
The Eagles had another stellar game from senior running back Javard McGill. The speedy McGill thrilled the home fans with 166 yards rushing on 27 attempts, scoring three times.
“We had a good game. We had chances late. It was a very physical ball game, the toughest of this year and maybe several years. It was a knock-down, drag-out contest. I am proud of our effort and how we battled,” said Charles Swann, Como-Pickton head football coach.
After a scoreless first quarter, action heated up for both squads in the second frame.
The Rebels got on the board first, scoring on a 5-yard run. They tackled on the 2-point conversion to score 8-0 with 5:06 left in the period.
McGill got his fleet feet in gear and scored on a 19-yard run for the Eagles. Como-Pickton got the 2-point conversion, also on a McGill run. The score was deadlocked at 8-all.
Rivercrest closed out the first half with a score in the final second to build a 14-8 lead.
McGill really got rolling in the third frame, scoring twice for the Eagles.
He ran from 25 yards, and Roberto Villa booted the extra point to make it a 15-14 game. McGill found the end zone from 9 yards away. Caemon Wilburn raced in for the 2-point conversion to give the Eagles a 23-14 lead heading into the final quarter of play.
The fourth quarter belonged to the Rebels, as they scored twice.
The Eagles had chances late but miss opportunitiesed and lost by the 28-23 final.
McGill led all Eagles running backs with 166 yards. As a team, the Como-Pickton squad rushed for 212 yards on 42 tries. The Eagles had 16 first downs, all on the ground. The Eagles were 0-for-3 passing with one interceptions.
Villa had four carries for 36 yards, Cameron Ray ran four times for 10 yards.
McGill paced the Eagles on defense with 14 tackles; Keaton Keifer had eight; and Jackson Monk added six. Brendan Miller picked off a pass.
The Eagles close out the regular season at first place Wolfe City Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Swann said Como-Pickton will meet Collinsville on Thursday, Nov. 15, at Anna High School at 7:30 p.m.