Running back Tavon Stanley and quarterback Dylan Darguzas both went over 100 rushing yards Friday night to lead West Brunswick to a 34-26 win over Ashley.
On the final night of the high school football regular season, Stanley finished with 165 yards on 30 carries and Darguzas scored three touchdowns to go with 110 rushing yards on 16 carries.
Now the two clubs will begin checking their favorite media devices for the announcements concerning the playoff brackets for next Friday night. The Trojans are hoping for a 3A home game, But for the 4A Eagles, the odds are slim.
"That was a great football game tonight," West Brunswick coach Scott Frazier said. "We kind of came out and jumped on them and had a couple of hiccups.
"They surged back and it was back and forth the entire second half."
With 40 seconds to play, Ashley closed the gap to 27-26 on Shane Shepard's 35-yard pass to Stephan Russell. But the point-after kick was wide right.
The Screaming Eagles (4-6, 2-4 Mideastern) attempted an onside kick that West Brunswick's Sean Hewett picked off at the Ashley 48 and returned for a clinching touchdown.
The Eagles had one more shot and squeezed out four plays over the final 24 seconds. The last chance was a Shepard incompletion on a second-and-10 from the Trojan 36.
Ashley running back Anthony Andrews finished with 100 yards on 16 carries and Shepard turned in 83 rushing yards on 15 carries.
Already hit by injuries, Ashley coach Tom Eanes said he lost two more players by halftime.
"We don't have a lot of bodies left," Eanes said. "They really did play hard.
"The Shepard kid, what he did tonight was unbelievable, in his second varsity game."
West Brunswick (4-7, 3-3 Mideastern) wrapped up a five-play drive, featuring five Stanley runs, with 7:19 left in the third quarter. Stanley capped off the series with a 5-yard run, for a 20-14 lead.
But Ashely countered with an 11-play drive. Shepard burst through the line for a 1-yard touchdown and a 20-20 tie, after the point-after kick was blocked.
The Trojans took a 27-20 lead with 4:52 to play, on Darguzas' 1-yard score.
"I'm so, so proud of our guys, coming through and just fighting and making some plays when we had to," Frazier said.
Ashley finishes the season 2-4 in the Mideastern Conference and 4-6 overall. Special thanks to all our seniors in the Class of 2014, you have left a legacy here at Eugene Ashley High School.
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