Photo by Andy Quintana
The Northeast El Paso rivals of the Parkland Matadors and Chapin Huskies were set to clash on Tony Shaw Field at Irvin High Memorial Stadium. However, it was not as much of a clash as a one sided affair. The well-seasoned Matadors showed up in a very big way, defeating the young and rebuilding Huskies by the score of 56-9.
Parkland was firing on all cylinders throughout the evening as they dominated all phases of the game. They scored at will on offense, shut down drives on defense, and had a solid return game on special teams. They also discovered another weapon for their offensive arsenal in sophomore Mark Obonan, who rushed 29 times for 184 yards and four touchdowns.
With the success of their rushing game, the air attack did not have to be called on extensively, though senior quarterback Gabe Herrera led the team as the field general. He passed for over 250 yards with two touchdowns, and ran one in himself. He shared his passes amongst his two favorite senior receivers, Jesus Sandoval (8 rec, 118 yds, 1 TD) and Donta Hayes (7 rec, 100 yds, 1 TD). Hayes added a 98 yard kickoff return late in the game, and he did look like he could break a return throughout the game.
The defense was fast, furious and definitely up for the challenge of stopping the Huskies. They stopped every drive in the first half with a punt or an interception. In fact, the Matador defense had 4 interceptions on the game. The lone bright spot for the Huskies offensively was sophomore Jacob Williamson who had flashes of big plays on a couple carries. He rushed 20 times for 125 yards.
Chapin scored their touchdown late in the fourth quarter, followed up by a field goal. The young Huskies have their work cut out for them as travel west to face top ranked Franklin. Parkland looks to keep their undefeated streak as well and potentially challenge to rise in the ranks and climb in the polls as they host Socorro next week.
Andy Quintana Reporting