Photo by Johnny Tegg
EL PASO, Texas – Eastlake clinched their fourth district title in school history as they held off Del Valle 21-14 in a physical game late Friday night at the SAC.
The Falcons piled up 20 first downs, 446 yards of total offense, and despite two turnovers, the Falcons defense stepped up big and time-after-time to help seal up a District 1-5A DI title.
Eastlake jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead after pair of touchdown passes from junior quarterback Orion Olivas.
Olivas found Blas Compean on the first touchdown pass from 38-yards out, then he found Daine Kirtley for a nine-yard score and Eastlake led 14-0 with 10:46 left in the second quarter.
But Del Valle responded quickly on the legs of their quarterback Sebastian Carr.
After a 66-yard quarterback keeper by Sebastian Carr set Del Valle up at the one-yard line, Carr snuck it in for a touchdown on the very next play and Eastlake led 14-7 with 10:18 left until halftime.
Two possessions later, Joel Serrano ran in a touchdown from 25-yards out and Del Valle tied the game at 14-14 with 4:48 left in the first half.
Olivas found Kirtley for a second touchdown connection as this time Kirtley made a great catch and move which freed him up for a 40-yard score and the Falcons took a 21-14 lead into the halftime break.
Then the Eastlake defense shut things down and pitched a second half shutout.
After Serrano’s touchdown run which tied the game, Eastlake shut out Del Valle on their next four possessions, including two turnovers on downs stops with Del Valle driving in the red zone.
Eastlake’s defense limited Del Valle to just 11 first downs in the game.
Del Valle only amassed 303 total yards of offense, and Carr finished the night 8-for-20 passing for just 101 yards through the air. Serrano went over 1,000 yards rushing on the season as he finished the night with 78 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Olivas finished the game 26-for-39 passing for 400 yards, and three touchdowns. Three Falcon wideouts went for 100 yards receiving in the game.
Matt Jones caught 13 passes for 128 yards, Blas Compean caught five passes for 123 yards and a score and made some big plays of defense, while Kirtley caught seven passes for 127 yards and two scores.
But major credit is deserved to the Eastlake defense who only allowed two touchdown drives on Del Valle’s nine total possession in the game.
Eastlake improves to 5-4 overall, and 4-0 in district play, Del Valle drops to 4-5 overall and 2-2 in district play and will host Chapin next week which will determine playoff seeding.