Coming off a three game losing streak, the Trooper football team felt confident that they could turn the season around with a win this week against the Coronado T-Birds.
It was a packed house Friday night as both teams came in off a loss. Eastwood started off slow and failed to score on their first drive, and Coronado capitalized and scored on their opening drive. Eastwood came back strong and scored on a 5-yard touchdown run by quarterback Seth Ochoa to tie the game 7-7. Eastwood defense pulled off a stop and came back down to score on an 11-yard touchdown run by Bobby Minjarez to take a 14-7 lead.
Seth Ochoa then threw a dime to wide reciever Pete Cadena to go up 21-7. Coronado scored one touchdown and two field goals, but Eastwood went into halftime up 21-19. Coronado struck first with another field goal to go up 22-21, but Eastwood answered with a touchdown run by Freddy Contreras for his second score of the game to take the lead back 28-22. The game went back and forth for the entire second half with neither team turning the ball over, but Eastwood's second half woes continued and Coronado came out with the hard fought win 43-35.
Senior quarterback Seth Ochoa attributed Eastwood's struggles to poor execution.
"One thing that needs to change is that when it comes down to it we just need to make plays," Ochoa said. 'The coaches put us in the right spot, and we all just need to make the plays when our name is called, in order to start winning games."
Senior cornerback Andrew Crank said that change has to come from within the team in order to get back on track and end the season on a high note.
"The attitude and mentality of the players need to be more focused," Crank said. "We as a team need to have that killer instinct and confidence in order to start beating these teams and end our season positively with some wins."
Although Eastwood has found it difficult to finish off games in the second half, they start off strong every game. Players and coaches believe that they need to have a better mindset before correcting errors to pull out more wins.
Head coach Julio Lopez still has a positive mindset heading towards the latter part of the season, despite having a longshot chance to make the playoffs and continue the season.
"At the end of the day, you still want to win Friday nights," Lopez said. "I understand it's been disappointing and we've been on the wrong end of three close district games, and playoffs are still in grasp, and we got Americas, Pebble Hills, Socorro, and Montwood to close out the season. And the motivation is to end on a four game winning streak to finish off on the right note."
Eastwood is 1-5 and 0-3 in district this year, but they look to gain momentum against an equally matched 1-5 Americas team this Friday October 20th in the SAC, and if the team can end with four wins in a row, playoffs are still very much a possibility.