SHERIDAN — The Tongue River Eagles came out strong against the Newcastle Dogies Friday night but ultimately fell in a disappointing loss following two victories in the last few weeks.
“It didn’t turn out like we hoped, and we ended up taking a 56-15 thumping,” head coach John Scott said.
Early in the game, with about five minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Eagles (2-5) had a 14-7 lead. But then the Dogies upped their game a notch and scored 21 points in the next five minutes of the half.
“They capitalized on miscues that we thought we had taken care of through preparation,” Scott said. “By halftime, what would have been a competitive game just got well out of hand.”
Newcastle (4-3) scored again early in the second half, and the Eagles weren’t able to rise to meet the challenge, scoring just one more point in the rest of the game.
“All these things are things we can build on,” Scott said. “I think the kids went into the game with some confidence. They made things happen early but just didn’t sustain themselves.”
The Tongue River Eagles wrap up their season next week against Big Horn.
“We’ll try to be as competitive as we can with them and hopefully play a little better,” Scott said.
The game will be bittersweet since it is the last time the Eagles and the Rams will face each other in a conference game since Tongue River High School football is moving down a classification to 1A due to lower school enrollment. Big Horn will remain at 2A.
“That’s going to put a little period where we will go on sabbatical for a while,” Scott said. “We’ll see what happens with our enrollment if we can bump it back up. We won’t be seeing each other on a yearly basis unless we’re scheduled for a non-conference game.”
The Eagles and Rams play at 1 p.m. Friday at Big Horn High School.