The Mission Eagles opened their 2016 season squaring off against the P.S.J.A. North Raiders at Tom Landry Stadium Friday night.
The Eagles were set to receive the opening kickoff but the Raiders had other plans beginning with an onside kick they’d recover and eventually find the end zone, opening up a 7-0 lead over the Eagles.
The Mission offense responded by scoring a touchdown of their own when senior quarterback Rudy Trevino hooked up with senior receiver/defensive back Jesus Vera, although they’d miss the extra point.
The Raiders answered by scoring 17 straight, using a safety and an interception returned for six to make it 24-9 at halftime.The ensuing Raider possession resulted in a fumble recovered by Vera, who made plays on both sides of the ball, leading to a field goal, giving the Eagles a 9-7 behind 9 straight points.
The Eagles came out for the second half determined to turn things around and there were bright spots for the team.
The Eagle defense forced two turnovers on downs when they stopped the Raider offense, once making a goal line stand on the one yard line.
Head coach Koy Detmer was determined to get senior running back Robert Martinez rolling, finding success on multiple runs through the Raiders’ defense.
The final score of the season opening non-district contest was Mission 9, P.S.J.A. North 39.
“I thought our guys came out ready to play ready, ready to fight. Obviously, we didn’t execute things as sharply as we wanted to assignment wise, but there are some things we can build on. Credit to P.S.J.A. North, they executed well,” Detmer said after the game.