Photo by Fonzie Gomez, Story by Paul Torres
EL PASO, Texas – With a weather delay for 1 hour and 15 minutes, it was looking like Friday the 13th for Irvin and Ysleta, and there wasn’t going to be a game, but eventually, it was underway, and both teams got after it.
Ysleta got the scoring started with 8:38 in the 1st quarter on a 27 field goal by Isaac Jaramillo, Irvin responded with a touchdown in the second quarter when John Knutson connected with Jalen Martin from 45 yards out. The snap on the extra point was low and thrown away, giving Irvin the lead 6-3 with 10:28 in the 2nd quarter.
Knutson then found Dominic Stiverson from 2 yards out, and even though the run failed on the 2 point conversion, Irvin led 12-3, not to be outdone, Ysleta countered with a score of their own on a 4 yard touchdown run by Seth Ramos, who finished with 16 carries for 96 yards, making it 12-10 Irvin at that point.
On the next Irvin possession, Stiverson caught his second 2-yard catch of the night for a touchdown with 1:25 to go in the 2nd, 2 point conversion was no good again, and Irvin lead 18-10.
Ysleta then got on their high horse, and Dathon Loray was able to reach pay dirt on a touchdown run and since the two point conversion was no good, Irvin lead at the half, 18-16.
Apparently adjustments were made, and Ysleta took command of the game in the second half.
Loray scored from four yards out to cap an important third quarter drive for Ysleta, and even though the run failed, Ysleta lead 24-18 with 4:05 in the third.
After a three and out by Irvin, Ysleta capitalized quickly and scored again in 58 seconds when Adrian Castañeda-Jacquez found his target Giovanni Martinez for a big 50 yard touchdown, making it 31-18, but Irvin did not want to go away quietly and Stiverson caught a pass from Knutson from 12 yards out, making it 31-24 after third quarter, and things were tight heading into the fourth quarter.
Ysleta found the end zone again on a four yard strike from Castañeda-Jacquez to Lucas Flores with 4:40 left, as the Indians led 38-24.
Ysleta had the ball just under four minutes left, when Irvin’s Stiverson, who was all over the place, intercepted the ball and gave the ball to Irvin, with 1:58 left, to which Stiverson caught a Knutson pass from 19 yards out, and the two point conversion was good on a pass from Knutson to Aron Aguirre, making it 38-32, but the comeback was a tad bit short and the game ended 38-32.
In a losing effort, the Speaking Rock Player Of The Game was Irvin’s Dominic Stiverson who had 10 carries for 130 yards on the ground, 7 catches for 70 yards, and 4 touchdowns, and also, 1 interception.