Photo and Story by Chris Gomez
HORIZON CITY, Texas – Forty minutes of lightning delays was about the only thing that could slow down the Eastwood Trooper Offense as the Troopers defeated the Horizon Scorpions 56-27 on a beautiful overcast fall night at Horizon’s Emperor Stadium.
Eastwood’s Senior Quarterback Christian Castaneda threw four touchdown passes and 353 yards unofficially while churning out 91 yards rushing and two rushing touchdowns.
The scoring began on Eastwood’s first possesion as the Troopers would drive the ball 75 yards in six plays capped off by a Christian Casteneda 4-yard touchdown run making the score 7-0 early in the first quarter.
Horizon would answer on their next series with a 75-yard touchdown drive of their own capped off by a Nathan Cortez five yard touchdown run, and after a failed extra point, the score would be 7-6 in favor of the Troopers.
It wouldn’t take long for Eastwood to answer as the Troopers would take a commanding lead on a 3 play 80-yard drive taking less than a minute on a Castaneda to Grey Romero 48-yard touchdown strike. Eastwood would then add four more touchdowns drives before the half, one on a fumble recovery for a touchdown and 3 more touchdowns on their next four offensive positions to take a 42-6 lead into the half.
Horizon Sophomore quarterback Jacob Quijas was under duress the entire night by an aggressive Eastwood defense and saw four of his passes hit his receivers in their hands and be dropped at inopportune moments of the game.
Eastwood would start the second half where they left off opening the second half with a 75-yard touchdown drive on an Isaiah Pena 39 yard touchdown reception from Castaneda.
Horizon would capitalize on an interception from sophomore corner Adrian Para in the Endzone, and Para would also catch an 80-yard touch from Quijas on the very next play. Horizon would also get a pick-six from Eastwood Backup Quarterback Adrian Garcia and added a long 79-yard touchdown run from sophomore Running Back Ernie Garcia to make the score the final score 56-27.
The outcome was never really in doubt. The Horizon Scorpions have several promising young sophomores in skill positions that will only get better as the season progresses.
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Eastwood Quarterback Christian Castaneda 353 yards passing, 91 Yards Rushing, 4 Touchdowns through the air, 2 running, 1 interception.