ATHENS — After a perfect opening to the bi-district round game for the Detroit Eagles, the Area round game got off to an unfortunate start. After losing an onside kick attempt, Grapeland capitalized on the first play of the game for a 48-yard touchdown en route to a 60-0 win over Detroit.
Detroit’s first possession ended with an interception by the Sandies defense. A few minutes later, and they were in the end zone again. By the end of the first quarter, Grapeland had 27 points on the board. Senior quarterback Rick Frauenberger finished the quarter 8-of-9 passing for 202 passing yards and four touchdowns.
The running game that worked so well in the bi-district matchup with Cumby could not get going against Grapeland on Friday night. After a 300-yard rushing performance last week, Detroit gained 72 on the ground this time around.
Grapeland kept pouring it on as they led 40-0 at the half. The legitimate threats Detroit had on offense were drives at the end of the half and at the end of the fourth quarter. The Eagles put together their two longest drives of the game during that stretch.
At the end of the half, Detroit went on an 11-play, 43-yard drive. The drive stalled at the 19 yard line, though, when the clock ran out, ending the half. The other drive went for 58 yards down to the 18 yard line. The game ended though on a pass attempt to the end zone that was broken up.
For the game, Grapeland finished with 472 total yards. The Eagles managed 107 total yards. With the loss, Detroit finishes the season 4-7 and as bi-district champions.