EL PASO, Texas – Down to their third quarterback of the season, the Chapin Huskies used a physical and methodical run game, mixed with a sound defensive effort to shut down El Dorado 36-14 Thursday night on a chilly Halloween evening at Tony Shaw Field at Irvin Memorial Stadium.
The win gives Chapin their 17th straight playoff appearance and 17th overall in school history.
It was a tied game early on as El Dorado answered a play 10-play 75-yard scoring drive by Chapin with an impressive drive of their own to make things interesting.
El Dorado quarterback Richard Portillo found Andre Thomas for a nine-yard touchdown pass, tying things up at 7-7 with 9:37 left in the second quarter.
From there, Chapin scored 29 unanswered points to take full control.
Chapin would score twice in the final 1:29 of the half as Chapin running back Jacob Williamson scored on a 57-yard touchdown run, then Zeke Pastran returned an interception 79-yards for a score exactly a minute after Williams’ jaunt and the Huskies took a 21-7 lead into the halftime break.
Chapin moved key defender Demian Rodriguez to quarterback last week, and the senior responded with a huge night on senior night, along with a dominating effort from the Chapin offensive line.
Rodriguez opened the scoring by capping that 75-yard opening drive with a nine-yard touchdown run, Rodriguez then ran in a pair of rushing touchdowns in the second half.
The third made it 36-7 Chapin with 6:40 left in the game as Chapin completed their dominance thanks to a great effort from their stellar offensive line which created space all night for the run game.
Rodriguez went 6-for-13 passing for 54 yards as Chapin put up 338 yards of total offense.
Enrique Camacho also blocked a punt which caromed into the end zone for a safety putting Chapin ahead 29-7 with 1:20 left in the third quarter.
Chapin ran for 284 yards as a team, Rodriguez finished the night 104 yards and three touchdowns, while Williamson led the way with 146 rushing yards and a touchdown.
The Husky defense forced three El Dorado turnovers, Dominque Taliuali recovered two fumbles and Chapin held El Dorado to just 210 yards of total offense in the game. One of the fumbles came on a sack-fumble by Marco Morales.
Chapin will play Del Valle next week on the road, while El Dorado will host Eastwood.