Joseph Plunk, Amarillo Tascosa knock off Americas 31-28 in a thriller

Photo by Ace Acosta

EL PASO, Texas – Two 6A heavyweights when blow-for-blow Friday night at the SAC, but the Tascosa Rebels made one more play down the stretch of the game to slip past Americas 31-28.

Tascosa quarterback Joseph Plunk ran for 237 yards, and two touchdowns, but his 37-yard completion on a fourth down play late in the ball game proved to be a big difference in this one.

The game was tied 14-14 at halftime as both teams traded scores early, then both defenses dug in and played strong.

Team teams would trade passing touchdowns in the third quarter, as things went into the fourth quarter tied 21-21 which would lead to a drama filled final quarter.

A 31-yard field by Max Burleson gave Tascosa their first lead of the game with seven minutes left in the game but Americas Aaron Dumas had an answer with the Blazers trailing 24-21.

The junior was spectacular all night and ran for 288 yards and two touchdowns with his 1-yard dive over the pile giving the Blazers a 28-24 lead with 3:08 left in the game, and the Blazer defense just needing one more stop for the win.

During Tascosa’s final drive, Americas dropped what would be a game ending interception, then on a fourth and long, the seasoned Plunk delivered a huge blow.

He would hook up with Major Everhart on a fourth and long from around midfield, the 37-yard connection would give Tascosa a first down at the Blazer 16-yard with a little more than a minute left to play.

On the very next play, Everhart took a counter 16-yards for a score and Tascosa led 31-28 with a minute to play.

Although Mike Nowell gave the Blazers a chance in the final minute with no timeouts left.

Nowell had two long scrambles, setting up the Blazers inside Tascosa territory inside the 30-yard line.

A hail Mary toss towards the end zone after Nowell scrambled backwards for about 20 yards fell short of a miracle, and the Blazers great efforts came up short.

Americas, playing their first home game of the season, finished the evening with 523 total yards of offense.  Nowell threw 142 yards throwing a touchdown and rushing for 63 yards and scored the game’s first touchdown a quarterback sneak.

The Blazers suffer their first loss of the campaign and will play El Dorado next week.

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