ROSEDALE — It has been a season to forget for the West Bolivar Eagles.
For the first time since 2014, the team recorded a losing season finishing the year 1-10 with a 1-5 mark in Region 3-2A following Friday’s 14-0 loss to the Riverside Bulldogs here at Leland Young Stadium.
The loss came during West Bolivar’s homecoming celebration and for the Eagles, it also marked the first time the team will miss the playoffs since 1999.
The Eagles got off to a rough start Friday going three and out with a punt on the game’s opening possession.
The West Bolivar defense took the ball back from the Riverside offense when Kyree Wilson intercepted a pass from Riverside’s Jonathan Richardson.
West Bolivar started to move the ball on its next possession, but on a fourth down with five yards to go on Riverside’s 40-yard line, the Eagles tried to convert, but quarterback Trey Davis was sacked and West Bolivar turned the ball over on downs.
Once again the Eagles’ defense made a play as Markell Petro intercepted Richardson to put the offense back in business.
The offense could not get going which resulted in another punt.
The contest continued to flow in a similar fashion throughout the first half with punts and turnovers on downs from both teams and when the buzzer sounded for halftime the teams were locked in a 0-0 tie.
Riverside got its offense rolling to start the second quarter on the legs of Richardson and Jonovan Tyler. With 6:53 remaining in the third quarter, Christian Stringfellow scored off a five-yard run. The conversion attempt failed to give Riverside a 6-0 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Bulldogs sent a high and short kick to the Eagles that was mishandled which allowed Riverside to recover the ball.
With the possession, Stringfellow was able to score again with 3:36 remaining in the third quarter off a short run. Stringfellow connected with Josh Carnell on the two-point conversion for a 14-0 lead.
The Eagles tried to answer on their next drive, but the attempt was halted when Davis had his pass intercepted by Riverside’s Coy Lefler.
The game rolled into the fourth quarter and when tempers started to flare up on both sides and the personal flag penalties started to fly, the coaches and officials met with just less than three minutes left in the game and the contest was called.