Horizon City, Texas – – The Horizon Scorpions hosted the Ysleta Indians in the final regular season game, with both teams fighting for a playoff spot. For the winner it was simple, win and they’re in as the second seed out of Division 2 District 1-5A. For the loser, they would need help from the district games to have a shot at getting in.
Josiah Salazar quickly connected with Lucas Flores on a 74-yard touchdown pass to put Ysleta up 7-0 early on their first drive. Horizon then drove to the two-yard line before the Indians defense stopped the drive. Both teams then traded punts for the remainder of the first quarter. The Scorpions were able to even the score with 7:38 remaining in the second quarter on a five-yard touchdown run by Sebastian Morales. After forcing an Ysleta turnover, Isaac Barraza scored on a four-yard jet sweep touchdown run to put Horizon up 14-7 with only 19 seconds remaining in the first half. Sebastian Portillo then connected with Giovanni Martinez for 59 yards on a trick play to put the Indians within field goal range. Josue Robles kicked the 37-yard field goal to make the score 14-10 Horizon at halftime.
Horizon’s rushing attack went into high gear in the second half with Ernie Garcia bursting out for a 30-yard touchdown run to make it 21-10. After another takeaway, Isaiah Quijas scored on a three-yard run to go up three scores at 28-10. Salazar found Flores a second time from 15 yards out to bring Ysleta within 28-16. Early in the fourth quarter, the Indians would get within one score when Salazar found Jalen Promesse on a 40-yard score to get the score to 28-23. The Horizon defense would return a fumble 15 yards for a score to put them up 35-23. Quijas would put the game away with a 61-yard touchdown run to go up three scores again at 42-23. Flores would close out the scoring on an 80-yard kickoff return for the final margin of 42-31.
Quijas was named the Casa Nissan Player of the Game after amassing 251 yards rushing on 26 carries and two touchdowns. With the victory Horizon improved to 5-5 overall, 3-2 in district play and clinched the second seed out of D2 1-5A. Ysleta ended their season at 7-3, 2-3 and were eliminated by the point system tiebreaker as Canutillo and would finish as the third and fourth seeds, respectively, based on the points system tiebreaker rules.
Sergio Robali – reporting