Photo by Johnny Tegg/El Paso Herald Post
EL PASO, Texas – In the UIL State football playoffs, getting off to a fast start is imperative to move on to the next round and Lubbock Monterey did just that and more as they ended Eastlake’s season with a resounding 66-42-win Saturday afternoon at the SAC.
Eastlake’s defense forced Monterey to go three-and-out as the Plainsmen had the ball first to open the game, but the Monterey defense set the tone as Zachary King picked off Orion Olivas’ first pass attempt on the Falcons first play from scrimmage.
From there, Monterey would score on three straight offensive possessions as Ty Williams opened the scoring with a 15-yard run for a score, then Monterey quarterback Coreon Bailey would find the end zone on two consecutive series with a pair of 20-yard touchdown runs as Monterey led 21-0 with 7:05 to play in the opening quarter.
Eastlake settled in and put a nice drive together, but Tony Rey would fumble after picking up a first down, and Monterey’s Jeremiah Guerrero scooped it and took it back 62-yards for a touchdown giving Monterey a 28-0 lead to end the first quarter.
The Plainsmen led 42-7 at the half, but Orion Olivas and Matt Jones mad things entertaining in the second half.
Jones set two receptions records in the game, the first was becoming El Paso’s leader in receptions in a single season, but Jones wasn’t done just yet.
The junior caught 25 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns, the 25 receptions is a state record for receptions in a game set back in 1980, the record was 22 catches in game.
Jones ends his junior year with 116 receptions on the season and becomes the first high school player in El Paso history to record 100 or catches on the season.
Eastlake would score on five straight second half possessions, only problem was the Falcons and Plainsmen traded scores and Eastlake could not make up the deficit.
Olivas found Jones on a 10-yard touchdown pass to open the fourth quarter, and Eastlake trailed 56-35 with 11:55 to play. Although a just a minute and 55 seconds later, Bailey hooked up with his star receiver Tyrie Tipton for a 41-yard score to make it 63-35 with exactly ten minutes left to play.
Bailey accounted for six total touchdowns, he threw four touchdowns and 215 yards completing 18-of-29 pass attempts and rushed for 75 yards and two more scores. Tipton had eight catches, 146 receiving yards, and three touchdowns.
Ty Williams carried it 22 times for 159 yards and a touchdown, Williams went untouched on a 70-yard touchdown run that gave Monterey a 49-14 lead with 9:52 left in the third quarter.
Olivas ended the night 37-for-66 passing for 445 yards, three touchdowns, and threw three interceptions while the Falcons had four total turnovers.
Monterey outgained Eastlake 489-481.
Eastlake season ends at 6-5 overall.