EMORY—The Harmony Eagles completed their 2012 non-district football schedule with a 28-12 victory over the 3A Rains Wildcats last Friday night to spoil the Wildcats’ homecoming.
This was the Eagles’ fourth win in a row after an opening week loss to Winnsboro. Harmony has outscored its opponents 165-18 during their current win streak.
The Eagles are open this week, before beginning District 9-2A Division I play on Friday, Oct. 12, when they host the Sabine Cardinals in a 7:30 p.m. contest.
Harmony used a dominant defense in the first half to run up a 28-0 lead before the Wildcats could score later in the second half. The Eagle “D” set up the first score of the game, as Levi Thompson recovered a Rains fumble at the Rains 36.
Seven plays later, Harmony QB Alan Perlata launched a perfect spiral pass into the end zone, where Lucas Askew caught it for a 15-yard TD. The PAT snap was bobbled as Harmony led 6-0 with 7:06 to go in the first quarter.
Special teams helped the Eagles on their next scoring possession.
Jacob Fielden launched a 44-yard punt to pin the ’Cats on their own 10. The Eagle defense forced a quick 3-and-out, as Rains punted to give Harmony another short field at the Wildcats 41.
After a couple of first downs, the Eagle drive stalled. On fourth and five at the Rains 12, Harmony’s Pedro Barrios booted a 29-yard field goal to increase the Eagle lead to 9-0 with 10:38 to play in the second quarter.
The Eagle defense again set the table for the offense, as Harmony defender Brandon Glenn ripped the pigskin from a Rains running back on the next play from scrimmage and recovered it at the Wildcat 33.
After a 14-yard jaunt by Juan Montoya, Peralta juked and jutted 18 yards up the middle for six more points. Fabian Romero kicked the PAT, to give Harmony a commanding, 16-0 halftime lead.
Turnovers continued to plague the Wildcats, as they fumbled the second-half kickoff back to Harmony. Peralta capped a 43-yard scoring drive with a one-yard sneak for six more points. The PAT failed as Harmony now led, 22-0, with only three minutes gone in the second half.
The Wildcats returned the ensuing kickoff to the Harmony 43 to give Rains great field possession, but the offense continued to sputter as the Harmony defense turned the ball over on downs without a first down.
It only took Peralta and Co. four plays to score the next Eagle TD. The score came on a 9-yard pass to Askew. The big play of the drive was a 37-yard pass to Fielden, sandwiched between two runs of 18 yards by Montoya. The PAT again was unsuccessful as the Harmony lead swelled to 28-0 with 5:26 to play in the third.
The Rains offense finally managed to put together two scoring drives to prevent a shutout. Marquel Spigner sprinted 9 yards for a Wildcat TD late in the third quarter, and he scored from five yards out late in the game to salvage a bit of celebration for the Wildcat homecoming crowd.
Montoya was the game’s leading rusher as he rushed for 109 yards on 19 carries. Unfortunately, he suffered a severe arm injury in the final two minutes of the game. Peralta gained 83 yards on 17 carries and accounted for all four Harmony touchdowns with two rushing and two passing. His favorite target for the evening was Askew who snagged six passes for 89 yards.
On defense, Tim McCoy and Levi Thompson recorded 13 tackles each for the Eagles, and Brandon Johnson added 11 tackles for Harmony.
Score by quarter:
1 2 3 4 T
Harmony 6 10 12 0 - 28
Rains 0 0 6 6 - 12
GAME AT A GLANCE
19 ….. First Downs ….......... 8
44-219 .. Rushes-Yds. …..... 35-122
10-22-1 .. Passes: C-A-I …..... 3-6-0
151 …. Passing Yds. …......... 57
370 ….. Total Yds. ……......... 179
2-0 …. Fumbles-Lost …......... 4-3
5-44 …. Penalties-Yds …...... 4-30
4-35.3 … Punts-Avg. ……... 4-24.5