Photo by Ace Acosta/El Paso Herald Post
EL PASO, Texas – With the game on the line and 1:51 left on the clock, Americas head coach Patrick Melton knew his bread and butter would send him to the area round.
So after an 11-yard touchdown run by fullback Joshua Ruvacalba that cut the Frenship lead to 35-34 with less than two minutes to play, Melton went for two with his bread and butter; Aaron Dumas and his offensive line answered the call and Americas goes to the area round for third time in school history.
It was a big night for Dumas who ran for 326 yards and three touchdowns and set the record for most rushing yards in a season by an El Paso running back, needing 194 yards to break the record.
But more importantly, Americas dominated the line of scrimmage for pretty much the entire 48 minutes and moves on to face Arlington in the area round next week.
Things went back-and-forth all night as the score was tied four times, and the big play Frenship offense took a 21-14 lead into the halftime break after a 41-yard touchdown pass from Donovan Smith to Klein Coker with 1:47 left until halftime which gave Frenship major momentum.
But again, Patrick Melton’s bread and butter proved to be too tough to handle all evening long.
Americas received the second half kickoff and drove 73-yards, taking 16 plays and chewing 7:11 off the clock as Michael Nowell capped the drive with a two-yard fade to Evan Chisolm and Americas tied the game at 21-21 with 4:49 left in the third quarter.
Frenship had a time of possession of 2:06 in the second half, with the Blazers holding the ball for 21:54 in the second half, dominating the line of scrimmage and executing the second half game plan.
Not even a minute later after Nowell and Chisolm hooked up, Smith ran in a 14-yard score to give Frenship a 28-21 lead with 4:15 left in the third.
Dumas would finish off another long Trailblazers drive with a 2-yard run for a score to tie things up at 28-28 with 9:51 to play in the game. Frenship quickly answer 56 seconds later with a 50-yard run by William Bayouth which put the Tigers ahead 35-28 with 8:55 to play.
Although the Blazers went on another seven-minute drive which led to the late score and two point conversion which was their first lead of the game with less than two minutes to play. Dumas took a direct snap and followed his o-line to glory which put Americas ahead.
Frenship still had some life, they had two timeouts left and 1:51 to go, but as they’ve done all year long, the Blazer defense stepped up in a big way.
Americas defensive back Nathan Alvarado stepped in front of a pass by a scrambling Donovan Smith for a game sealing interception which punched the Blazers ticket to the area round.
Americas ran for 463 yards on 78 rushing attempts, Dumas had 48 carries and now has 35 rushing touchdowns on the season which is also a city record.
Next up for Americas will be Arlington High who beat Richland in the bi-district round.