Post-season play was cut short for the Eastwood Troopers on Thursday, November 13 as they lost the first game of the playoffs to the Frenship Tigers 52-21.
The game started off with a Tiger touchdown with 6:52 left in the quarter. The Troopers came back with a touchdown by junior Manny Acosta, which tied the game at 7-7. In the second quarter, sophomore Joseph Davalos scored for the Troopers with 7:42 remaining. The Tigers answered right back with a touchdown followed by a field goal to end the half 14-17.
The third quarter kicked off with junior Richie Rodriguez scoring with 8:35 left in the quarter. Three minutes later, Frenship reciprocated by scoring twice within minutes to gain control once again, 21-31. A back-and-forth battle raged during the quarter and continued early into the last quarter. Time was soon running out for the Troopers and they were in desperate need of a comeback. In mere minutes, the Tigers scored three more times to bring the score to 21-52. The Troopers fought hard, but their offense faltered with interceptions and fumbles to allow Frenship to secure the win.
Senior Adrian Minjares took time to reflect on the team's accomplishments this season. "I thought it was going to be a great season and it turned out to be pretty good. I mean we made playoffs for the first time since 2005 and it was a great experience for all of us," he said.
"Now that it's all done, it's sad of course, but it was a great experience to have for these past four years. It's something I'll never forget."
The Troopers end the season 6-5 overall and 3-3 in district.