WARNER – It all started well for the Warner Eagles Thursday night when Lubbock Drake picked off a Cash Trammel pass at 9:19 in the opening quarter.

Austin Spradlin’s first ever carry for Warner turned into 6 points on a dive from the 2 yard line to give the Eagles a 6-0 advantage early.

Trammel followed with a Cougar touchdown pass shortly thereafter, and with a successful extra point the Cougars led 7-6 with :45 ticks left in the first quarter.

Early in the second, Tyson Robinson got into the end zone for Keys to stretch the lead to 14-6.

The Cougars would add on with a 50-yard touchdown Trammel to Jon Beckwith toss to put Keys up by two scores 21-6 midway through the second quarter.

A Keys turnover three minutes later led to a Logan Collins TD for the Eagles, but the 2-point try failed for a second time leaving the score 21-12 Keys.

Just before the half ended Trammel connected with Treveon Guthrie for a 20-yard touchdown throw to end the half 28-12 in favor of the Cougars.

As the second half opened things looked up for Warner when on Keys first possession a bad snap on a punt attempt led to a turnover and the Eagles took over on the Cougars 16 yard line.

Three plays later Spradlin went in for his second of the night and added the extra 2 points to put Warner within one score, 28-20 with 5:52 still remaining in the third quarter.

The Cougars next possession was a disaster as they had the ball 4th down and 33 yards to go.

Reed Pickering received the punt at the Eagles 40 and returned it to the house, 60 yards for a Warner score, but a false start penalty took the extra 2-point back to the 7 yard line.

A Memphis Swimmer scramble on the extra try resulted in a completed pass in the end zone but Swimmer was over the line of scrimmage resulting in a penalty and an unsuccessful conversion leaving the Eagles 2 points shy at 28-26.

A Swimmer pass was picked off late in the final period allowing Keys to run out the clock securing the win for the Cougars 28-26.

The Eagles fell to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in District 2A-5 and will travel to Prague next Friday to take on the (6-0) Devils and Keys (2-5) stays on the road at district leader Vian (5-2).

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