RIO VISTA — Comanche forced three fumbles and cashed them all in for touchdowns as the Indians cruised past the Rio Vista Eagles, 46-14, on a chilly Friday night in Rio Vista.
The Indian defense, which only gave up a total of 147 yards on the night, forced a three-and-out on the Eagles' first possession and then took the ball 57 yards to get on the board via a Logan Wilkerson four-yard run for a 7-0 lead.
After a Noah Petty fumble recovery seemed to give the Eagles some momentum, they gave it right back to the Indians as Rio Vista bobbled a low snap and Comanche recovered at the 18-yard line. Luke Wilson punched it in from four yards out only three plays later to extend the Indians' lead to 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The teams traded punts before the Indians completed a 39-yard pass from Hudson Welch to tight end Colton Davis to set up a three-yard touchdown run by Bryce Hermesmeyer to push Comanche's lead to 21-0 halfway through the second.
The Eagles finally showed some life on offense as Billy Bob Bridges, who was filling in for the injured Jake Perkins at running back, bolted 65 yards for the score on the next Eagle possession.
It looked as though the touchdown had injected some much-needed energy into the Eagles as Hunter Carpenter made a big third-down stop on the next Comanche possession, but the Eagles, as was the case for the majority of the evening, couldn’t muster up anything on offense and had to punt it right back to the Indians.
Wilkerson then broke free for a 35-yard backbreaking score to make it 27-7 right before the half and all but killed any momentum the Eagles had.
Another Eagles' fumble on the Rio Vista 28 set up the only score of the third stanza, a five-yard run from Harrison Kolb to make it 33-7 after a missed PAT.
After stopping the Eagles on their next possession, a strong gust of wind caused the punt to go backwards, setting up the Indians at the Rio Vista 6-yard line. Aaron Suniga scored on the next play to make it 40-7 with 9:06 left in the contest.
Bridges, who led the Eagles with 124 yards on 22 carries, scored on a two-yard run to cap off a 75-yard drive, the Eagles' most successful drive of the night.
The Eagles continued to shoot themselves in the foot, however, as on their next possession, Rio Vista's third lost fumble of the night led to a Braxton Patterson 31-yard touchdown run to close out the scoring.
The Eagles fell to 2-6 (0-3) on the season as they will travel to Tolar next week in search of their first district win of the season.