The Riverview Middle School football team lost a heartbreaker to Clear Creek 6-0 in overtime last Thursday.
The Eagles must win this week against Fannin County (6-0) to have any chance at competing in the championship game.
Head Coach Mark Thomason’s team is currently 4-2 on the season.
“Our hopes at a championship game comes down to win this week or go home,” said Thomason.
The game was a defensive struggle with turnovers by both teams playing a big part in the outcome.
Eagle Scotty Zadernak forced an interception when he landed a devastating hit on the Clear Creek quarterback, as he was throwing the ball.
The ball popped up in the air, where Riverview linebacker Jacob Lord came down with the pick.
Riverview had the ball in good position on Clear Creek’s 30-yard line.
The Eagle offense couldn’t get anything going and gave the ball right back to Clear Creek with an interception.
Thomason and his offense mounted a good drive to start the third quarter.
The Eagles penetrated inside Clear Creek’s 20-yard line. Two missed snaps cost the Eagles, as the team was unable to score.
The game ended in a 0-0 tie after regulation.
Riverview played offense first in overtime. The Eagles turned the ball over on downs. Clear Creek scored on an 8-yard run, breaking several tackles to get into the end zone for the 6-0 victory.
“The defense played great. Scott Zadernak led the team in tackles, four of them were for losses. Drew Bishop played well and Austin Martin forced a fumble and Jacob Lord had an interception,” said Thomason.
“The offensive line missed a ton of blocks and that is the reason we couldn’t get anything going. Drew (Bishop) and Scott (Zadernak) both had several nice runs, but that was it.
“This was a game of missed opportunities. Turnovers have killed us all year, and Thursday they cost us the game. They (turnovers) kill drives and took the wind out of the team,” said Thomason.
The Eagles still have a chance to make an appearance in the championship game.
“We still have a chance to make the championship game, at home against an unbeaten Fannin County team. They are the real deal and we will have our hands full. We have to block and not turn the ball over to win this week,” said Thomason.
Kick off is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday at Riverview Middle School.