Photo and story by Michael Montes
EL PASO, Texas – Bel Air opened this game with a great opening drive and then got a fumble on Canutillo’s first possession. Unfortunately for the home standing Highlanders the rest of the first half belonged to running back Carlos Amato and the visiting Eagles.
Canutillo would score the next 33 points of the game with Amato showing that he is one of the best players in the area. At the half Amato had 150 yards rushing along with two rushing touchdowns and a 49 yard punt return for a touchdown.
Canutillo would to lead 40-20 at intermission, a lead that was insurmountable for a feisty Highlander squad to overcome. Amato has the ability to cut on a dime and reach full speed it seems in two steps. Not to mention he runs exceptionally hard for his size.
He scored one touchdown when it seemed he had no where to go, was stacked up among what seemed like the whole Highlander defensive front and was able to somehow power through and break out of the scrum for the score. Amato finished the night with 222 yard on the ground on 19 carries.
As an incredibly spirited Big Red crowd continued to cheer and have a blast in the stands the football team would continue to fight in the second half behind the quarterback play of Adrian Parsons and his top target Fernie Castillo. Parsons would finish the night going 23 of 29 for 265 yards and 3 passing touchdowns. Castilo tallied 12 receptions for 108 yards. Although the Highlanders continued to play hard in the second half Bel Air dug themselves a whole that was too deep in the first half.
Canutillo came out victorious 53-30 on what was a gorgeous night in an incredibly festive Highlander Stadium.