ITASCA — District 11-2A has been unkind to Rio Vista in 2007, and Friday night’s matchup against Itasca was no different.

With the 40-6 defeat at the hands of the Wampus Cats, the Eagles remain winless in district play and drop to 4-5 on the season, while Itasca improves to 8-1 on the season and 3-1 in league play.

After matching up pretty evenly with the heavily-favored Wampus Cats for the first quarter, the Eagles watched all of their momentum fade away in a span of 11 seconds in the second quarter. Itasca took over control of the ball with less than six minutes to play in the first half after forcing the Eagles to go three and out. Two plays later, quarterback Mikey Marshall found Tralyn Harden wide open behind the Eagles’ secondary for a 52-yard score.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Wampus Cats caught another break when they recovered a fumble on the Eagles’ 7-yard line. Marshall then scored on the next play on a quarterback keeper up the middle, making the score 14-0 in front of a stunned Rio Vista sideline.

From that point on, Itasca controlled every aspect of the game. After the Wampus Cats forced another three and out series by the Eagles’ offense, Marshall and Harden again hooked up for a touchdown pass, this time for 48 yards.

Down 20-0 with less than a minute to go in the first half, Rio Vista finally caught a break of its own. Defensive back Daniel Dollar picked off one of Marshall’s throws and returned it 55 yards down the sideline, eluding several tacklers in the process, before being taken down at the 5-yard line. Senior Dustin Harris later capped off the drive, putting the Eagles down by 14 at the half.

Rio Vista was again unable to stop the Wampus Cats’ offense in the third quarter. Itasca scored on it’s first three drives of the second half to take a commanding lead. After running back Desmond Guy sprinted in from 24 yards out, Marshall threw his third touchdown of the game, hitting Justin Hopkins for a 30-yard score.

Itasca’s final score of the game came with less than four minutes left in the third quarter when De’Veon Mayberry scored from three yards out, ending a six-play drive.

After the tough road loss, Rio Vista will return home next week for its final game of the season. The Eagles will square off against Maypearl on senior night at Eagle Field at 7:30 p.m.

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