Photo by Fonzie Gomez, Story by Paul Torres
EL PASO, Texas – It was a rivalry for “The Helmet” where records are usually thrown out, however, it seemed like one team thought it was a basketball game as Eastwood’s Senior Night turned out to be a good one for them.
With touchdowns runs by Rudy Tellez, and Andrew Martinez plus two touchdown passes by Martinez, Eastwood built a quick 28-0 lead with 11:52 left in the second quarter.
Bel Air finally got on the scoreboard when Adrian Parsons connected with Angel Montoya for a 17 yard strike to make it 28-7 and 10:43 to go until halftime.
Eastwood marched down the field though on the next possession, and with 7:07 left before halftime, the big defensive lineman Vincent Valdez caught a Martinez pass from three yards out, making it 35-7, Troop.
The Highlanders responded before the half when Parsons found Montoya for a 33 yard touchdown pass, although the extra point blocked and Eastwood led 35-13 at the half.
The scoring opened up to a roaring pace in the second half as Parsons connected with Montoya, Jayson Smith, and Fernando Castillo (9 catches, 198 yards, 1 TD) for a trio of touchdowns.
Eastwood countered with two 1 yard runs by Eastwood’s Xavier Galindo and a touchdown pass from Martinez to AJ Delgado (12 catches, 219 yards, 2 TD’s)
In the fourth quarter, Martinez continued his onslaught with his second touchdown pass to Delgado which sealed Martinez’s case for the Speaking Rock Player Of The Game with 9 carries for 187 yards and touchdown on the ground. He also 20-for-24 passing for 310 yards, 6 touchdowns.
Bel Air’s Adrian Parsons finished the night 22-for-31 passing for 362 yards and six touchdowns.
Eastwood clinches a playoff spot with the win and moves to 3-1 in District 1-5A D1, while Bel Air falls to 0-4 in District 1-5A D1 and loses a chance at making the postseason.
Eastwood finishes the regular season next week at El Dorado, and Bel Air closes the season against Eastlake, who clinched the 1-5A DI district title with their 21-14 win over Del Valle.