Originally published on Thursday, November 29, 2012
CLASS 1A, DIVISION II REGIONAL
7:30 P.M. FRIDAY, ESCHENBURG FIELD, FLORESVILLE
• RECORDS: Falls City 9-2, Woodsboro 10-2
• NOTE: Winner faces either D'Hanis or Burton next week.
WOODSBORO - Woodsboro hasn't forgotten its 30-22 District 14-1A, Division II loss to Falls City.
But Woodsboro coach Wade Miller and the Eagles also remember their reaction to the defeat.
"A lot of us went up to coach Miller after the game and we said, 'Don't worry coach, we'll get them back in the playoffs,' said senior quarterback Tyler Quesada. "We just kept our word and this is something we've been waiting for."
Woodsboro (10-2) and Falls City (9-2) will square off for the second time this season in a regional playoff game Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Eschenburg Field in Floresville.
Woodsboro will be making its first appearance in the third round since 1980.
The Eagles will attempt to advance beyond the third round and beat Falls City for the first time in school history.
"What's most important with these kids now is they believe," said Miller, who is in his first season as head coach. "They believe we can play with anybody. I think a lot had to do with the first Falls City game."
Quesada has played a major role in the Woodsboro's improvement.
He started at quarterback as a sophomore and junior, but had to learn a different system when Miller came to Woodsboro from Flour Bluff, where he was the offensive coordinator, last spring.
"It was a huge change," Quesada said. "It was a whole new offense. Everybody had to come in and adjust to everything. We had to relearn the rules and responsibilities. It was just a big change from last year."
Miller began to install the offense in the spring and the learning process for Quesada continued during two-a-days.
"I just told him that he was capable of doing the stuff that I like to do in my offense," Miller said. "It was going to be hard for him. He was going to have to learn. I thought he could be really good. He's such a competitor and such a hard worker it turned out really well for our program."
Quesada has passed for 1,115 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed for 1,062 yards and 19 touchdowns.
He has led the Eagles to three straight wins since the Falls City loss, including playoff wins over Bartlett and Bruni.
"The attitude changed last spring," Quesada said. "This is a team that has a lot of potential. When two-a-days came, the intensity was high. We had a lot of enthusiasm. When plays went wrong, we talked to each other and the coaches told us everything that was going wrong. It started last year during spring and it just grew more and more."
Miller insists Quesada and the Eagles have only begun to reach their potential.
"Tyler's such a smart kid that we can add something today and by tomorrow he's got it down," Miller said. "We add a little bit every week. Hopefully, we'll keep playing a couple of more weeks and we'll get it all in."
NOTES• Woodsboro's DeBray Bonner has rushed for 1,483 yards and 19 touchdowns, and Logan Moses has 25 catches for 491 yards and six touchdowns.
• Falls City head coach Steve Marbach was the head coach at Pettus last season.
• Falls City quarterback Cameron Soto has passed for 1,493 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushed for 1,001 yards and 21 touchdowns.
• The winner will advance to the quarterfinals against the winner of Friday's Burton-D'Hanis game.