Eagles play better second half in 40-20 loss to Broncos

Peyton Larsen (left) and Orlando Hernandez converge to bring down the Bronco ball carrier. Photo by Les Houser

It was a night of two completely different halves in a 40-20 Eagles loss to Belmond- Klemme in the season and home opener last Friday.

After spotting the Broncos a 34-0 halftime lead, the Eagles outscored them 20 to six through the second half to make the final score a bit more respectable.

The comeback began as the Broncos started the half with an onside kick attempt. The Eagle recovery set them up at their own 46, where Jake Darland found Nick Huntley for a 34-yard connection to the B-K 19. Francisco Gonzalez carried the mail to the four for a first & goal. Two more rushing attempts closed the gap down to the one-yard stripe, and Joel Mendoza took it in from there at the 9:25 mark of the third period.

Following another Bronco touchdown, Gonzalez took the kick return to their 47 for the next Eagle drive. Roberto Calles rushed for eight and Mendoza for seven to highlight the early gains. Darland then hooked up again with Huntley on an 11- yard completion to the B-K 15. Mendoza then scored again, and capped it with the two-point conversion with just 21 ticks left in the third quarter. The Broncos turned it over on downs at the Eagles 32, so the home team took over from there with Mendoza taking off on a nice 16-yard scamper to gain a fresh set of downs. Following another first down, the powerful back took off again for 11 yards to move the chains again as the Eagles started to really find their rhythm. Darland found Huntley for a 13-yard completion to give them first & goal, with Mendoza scoring his third TD of the night. The try for two failed, making for the final score.

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