Photo by Henry Reyna
The Parkland Matadors finished the regular season off exactly as they wanted, with 9 straight victories, after their week 1 tie against the Burges Mustangs. The Irvin Rockets started district play with 3 consecutive wins, but they ended the season in a 3-game losing streak. Coach Urias knew that the Parkland Matadors and Deion Hankins were going to start the game fast and were not going to slow down. That is exactly how the entire game went.
With 6:44 left in the first quarter, Hankins started Parkland’s scoring frenzy with a 2-yard TD run, to give the Matadors the 7-0 lead. With less than a minute later, Parkland QB, Gabe Herrera connected with Donta Hayes on a 25-yard TD pass to give the Matadors a 14-0 advantage. With 1:13 left in the first quarter, Hankins had another score – with a 13-yard TD run, ending the 1st quarter, with Parkland leading, 21-0.
With 17 seconds left in the 2nd quarter, Parkland’s Herrera threw a 75-yard TD pass to Hankins to give the Matadors the 28-0 lead going into halftime.
In the second half, Parkland’s Khatib Lyles contributed a couple of scores, as he had a 6-yard TD run in the 3rd quarter and a 12-yard TD run – both in the 3rd quarter.
Irvin’s first score came with 4:51 left in the 3rd quarter, as Mikhal Lee found Joel Tarango in the end zone for a 4-yard TD pass.
Parkland proved to be too much for Irvin, as they defeated the Rockets, 48-12. The Casa Nissan Player of the game was Deion Hankins with 176 yards on the ground and 3 total TDs – 2 on the ground and 1 TD reception. It was also announced at Matador Stadium that Hankins eclipsed over 7,000 yards in his high school career.
Next up for the Parkland Matadors in the area round of the playoffs will be the Randall Raiders next week. Stay tuned to TownTalkSportsElPaso.com for the latest news on all of your favorite high school sports teams in the El Paso area.
Paul David Oliver Reporting