Photo by Ace Acosta, Story by Mike Tipton
The scene was set at the Socorro Student Activities Complex, as TownTalk Sports El Paso and iHeart Radio would spotlight two teams ready to get back on the winning track, set to face off against one another without hesitation… until the lightning came.
The 0-2 Chapin Huskies, looking to bounce back after being shut out in consecutive games to start the season, traveled east to face the Pebble Hills Spartans, fresh off a 43-42 defeat in Midland. The game started after a brief Lightning Delay and both teams took a while to get their engines running. Pebble Hills would strike first, a 49 yard touchdown run by QB Sebastian Ochoa.
Quickly, the Huskies would try to bite back, but they went three and out and punted the ball back to the high-powered Spartan offense.
The Spartans marched down the field, inflicting another wound upon their foe as they scored yet another touchdown on a short pass from Ochoa to RB Anthony Donacio who was double covered in the end zone. Pebble Hills second touchdown of the first quarter, was punctuated by a missed extra that reminded NFL fans of the Bears untimely exit from last year’s postseason.
Chapin would not be held down for long and mushed their way down the field behind their big Running Back, Jacob Williamson. Williamson seemingly accounted for all their yards on their following drive that ended the first quarter and transitioned into the second quarter culminating in a three yard touchdown run, the Huskies first points of the season. After nine full quarters of scoreless football, the Huskies bench and team erupted on the following kick off, booting it down into the end zone.
Pebble Hills looked to answer quickly, and answer they did. As quickly as Chapin scored in the 2nd Quarter, the Spartans moved down the field. Spartans quarterback Sebastian Ochoa, faked the hand off on an RPO and ran 25 yards to the promised land of the end zone, extending Pebble Hills lead, 19-6 following yet another missed extra point.
Following a Huskies three and out, the Spartans offense took over and Ochoa showed off his second talent as a QB, throwing for his second score of the game, a 20 yard pass to Kylar Sanchez.
The wounded Huskies did all they could to keep the ball out of the hands of the powerful Spartan offense, and punted the ball to them with :30 to go in the half.
Pebble hills would march down the field following a 25 yard punt return that set them up inside the Chapin 40 yard line, to see Ochoa connect with Sanchez once again for a touchdown. Pebble hills lead ballooned to 31-6 as the half approached.
The second half was a comedy of errors, Pebble Hills coming out to 3 penalties for 25 yards was rough, but they still had the lead and seemed as in control as they could be.
Both teams would battle one another, fiercely and furiously in the second half, yet neither team could translate their efforts into points. Late in the fourth quarter, Williamson plowed forward for his second TD of the game, cutting the Spartan lead down to 31-13.
The game would end with that score, Pebble Hills QB Sebastian Ochoa accounted for all 5 Spartans TD’s, more than 300 total yards and a stellar performance that propelled his team to a win and himself to the Speaking Rock Player of the Game honors.
Chapin looks to break the losing streak next week against Parkland who took care of the Jefferson Silver Foxes, 49-10. Pebble Hills aims to continue their winning ways as they take on an Eastlake Falcons team that has lost three straight, the last two by one score.