Alex Nicolas – Town Talk Sports El Paso
El Paso, TX—From the opening play of the game, Andress’ speed and athleticism were just a bit too much for a hard fighting Burges Mustangs squad that amassed just 78 total yards of offense in the first half.
The aggressive Eagle defense held Burges to just 210 total yards and limited the Mustangs to just 3.3 yards per play shutting out Burges to start off district play with a 2-0 record.
The win gave Andress their 351st in program history and extends the current longest district winning streak in the city with their 14th straight district win. The Eagles have not lost a district game since September 30th, 2016.
Andress got the board on their first play from scrimmage as Jeremiah Tosky hit Marco Barron on a 78-yard touchdown pass, catch and run to give the Eagles an early 7-0 lead just 18 seconds into the game.
From there, the Andress defense shut down the Burges offense, and the Eagles special team’s unit won the bigger chess match, although Burges had plenty of chances in the first half to make this one closer.
Andress kicker Mark Ramos was our Casa Nissan player of the game, hitting field goals of 40, 33, and 26 yards. Ramos also boomed every kickoff through the end zone, and pinned Burges twice on well angled punts inside the Mustang’s own 15-yard line, flipping field position in Andress’ favor all night.
Andress led 13-0 with 5:17 left in the first half, then after a stop by the Eagle defense, Burges recovered a muffed punt by Andress inside the Eagle eight-yard line.
But as they did all night, the Eagles put up a wall on defense, and Burges missed a short field goal on their lone short field series of the night and went into the half down 13-zip and never recovered.
Burges also got a first half interception from Robert Hall as Andress had a second and goal from the Burges 2-yard line. But the Mustangs just could not sustain drives on a beautiful El Paso evening.
Tosky finished the night with 209 passing yards, and a touchdown. The power running combo of Jalen Joseph, and Travon Ware combined for 117 yards to pace the Eagle offense who stayed on the field long enough to preserve the elite defensive effort.
Andress goes to 4-2 overall, and 2-0 in D2 2-5A. Burges falls to 2-2-1, and 0-1 in district play.