Abilene High carrying a 2-6 record: a dangerous feeling they haven't experienced in 17 seasons. The Eagles' last chance at victory came down to the final seconds on a Thursday night on the road.
4th and 1, Eagles on their own 49 yard line, tied with Lubbock Coronado. 51 seconds to go and the War Birds decide to go for it.
"Guys up front did a good job, Derek found a little crease in there, we got the first down and I turned away and he just kept on churning. Once he got into the secondary, no one saw him," Head Coach Steve Warren said.
"Next thing you know game over. Big run for him, big play for the entire offense."
Derek Scott's last-minute touchdown lifted the Eagles to a 56-49 victory over Coronado in Lubbock. And that was only one of his seven touchdowns on the night.
"I just knew I had to get one yard on fourth down right there. I ended up getting in the pile and breaking out of it and had 50 more yards ahead of me," Scott said.
"It's always good when the quarterback plays good. It starts with the line and there it goes thru the quarterback. When he plays good, everybody plays good," senior wide receiver Doug Wilson said.
The Eagles can make the playoffs if they win out against Odessa High and Midland High, and receive some help from Permian on the side.
Scott's improvement seems to come at just the right time.
"There's been many times hes gotten outside the pocket, set his feet and made another good throw. So he's just becoming a better quarterback,it takes repetitions and he's doing that and working hard at practice at it, in the film room. and things like that," said Warren.
"It's definitely been a process each game, just taking it game by game and getting better," said Scott.