Photo by Andres Acosta, Story by Christian Molinar
EL PASO, Texas – In a close game, every possession matters.
El Dorado’s homecoming game against the Andress Eagles was a heavy weight fight. Ground and pound versus dink and dunk, two running backs versus two wide receivers.
The fourth ranked team in the city, the Andress Eagles answered the bell, and pulled out a 34-30 win at the SAC against an improving El Dorado team.
The Eagles came out on the first drive looking strong as they crossed midfield, a couple of penalties and a really high snap stopped all of that. Fourth and 40 came along and so did another high snap that sailed into the end zone for a safety, El Dorado jumped ahead by 2-0.
Both teams would have drives that would stall out and 2-0 would remain the score, until El Dorado threw an interception and Andress found its rushing attack.
Keandre Jones and Travon Ware would one two punch their way on a short field and get inside the red zone. Jones would cap off the drive from the one yard line and score the games first touchdown.
The Aztecs would put together a solid drive, going into the second quarter, just getting inside the red zone. They would backtrack to the 24 yard line for a fourth and 22 situation and go for it instead of attempting a field goal, they would be unsuccessful and come away empty handed.
Jones and Ware for the Eagles began to go to work again, and get the same exact result. Jones would score again from the one yard line and Andress had gotten ahead 13-2 with just under five minutes to play in the half. El Dorado would need to score before halftime to remain in the game. They did just that.
Bustillos and company would get on the same page for their final drive of the half. Short passes allowed wide receivers Martin, Harris and Nelson-Betts to work in space and get first downs. In a three minute drive, their most complete drive of the half, Harris would score on a four yard reception. The two point conversion would be good on a flat route to their tight end Carlos Diaz. El Dorado would have life again going into half time being down 13-10.
The second half would pick up right where we left off. El Dorado got the ball to start the off but couldn’t complete some of their passes and force to punt, Andress would go back to running the ball but this time turned to their freshman Richuel Massey who showed why he belongs on varsity.
He busted up the middle for some big gains. He carried the workload all the way down to inside the five. Ware would check in and finish the job from four yards out and extended the lead to 20-10.
The fourth quarter is where the scoring and pace would pick up in a hurry. For three quarters we had seen some big runs from Andress and modest gains from El Dorado, in the fourth, that would change. Big plays from both sides back and fourth and the Aztecs would not go away.
40 seconds into the fourth quarter Bustillos would find Nelson-Betts for a quick route, and he would do the rest, a 74 yard catch and run into the end zone. El Dorado would close the gap 20-17.
Andress wouldn’t let that last for long however. On the ensuing kickoff Jeremiah Cooper for the Eagles would return it 90 yards to the house and put the lead right back to 27-17 Eagles. The Aztecs wouldn’t fold then like some teams would. The El Dorado offense would march its way back down the field lead by their dual threat quarterback Bustillos, who would score from 22 yards out on an option keeper. The Aztecs would once again be down three.
Andress would have the ball around the five minute marker of the fourth quarter and punt the ball away to El Dorado. Bustillos and company would once again put a string of plays to march down the field. Bustillos found Carlos Diaz streaking down the middle for a potential big play, after the catch he would wrestle with two Eagles and lose the battle and the ball. Andress would force the biggest turnover on the night.
The Aztecs would have been in prime field position to either tie or take the lead instead they were fighting to stay alive. Ware for Andress would come in and wear down the Aztecs all the way down the field. He popped off a big run to get inside the five and finished with a touchdown to stretch the lead to 34-24 with 1:18 remaining gave little hope to the Aztecs. Surprisingly enough the Aztecs would just take 37 seconds off the clock and score, Carlos Diaz would score from 22 yards out and redeem himself from the fumble.
We had a game again, however El Dorado would miss the extra point and was trailing 34-30. An onside kick miracle and a touchdown would be needed. The onside kick was unsuccessful and Andress would take a knee to finish the wild finish in the fourth quarter.
El Dorado falls to 0-3 and faces #1 Franklin next week. #4 Andress improves to 3-0 and will see Frenship next.