Parkland edges Burges 41-40 in OT thriller

Photo by Fonzie Gomez

EL PASO, Texas – Parkland and Burges were going at each other like two heavyweights in a championship match, and this was just week one of the 2019 Texas High School football season.

Parkland got things started as Gabe Herrera hit Donta Hayes for a short pass on the left side, then Hayes scampered 88-yards to the house giving the Matadors an 7-0 lead early.

Burges quickly answered as star-running back Robert Hall finished off the drive with a 14-yard touchdown run of his own, knotting it at 7-7 with 6:35 in the 1st quarter. Burges then took the lead as Tavorus Jones scored on a 15-yard run giving Burges a 14-7 lead with 9:26 in the second quarter.

The Matadors had a short field on their next drive, as field position was big for both teams, and Jonathan Barton ran in from 10 yards, making it 14-14.

On the ensuing kickoff, Burges’ Tavorus Jones let the ball bounce right in front of him and Parkland’s David Chavira jumped on it, giving the Mats a short field again helping Jonathan Barton punched in a one yard touchdown run a few plays later making it 21-14 Burges at half.

The Matadors were impressive during a third quarter drive as Herrera hit Jesse Sandoval on a 29-yard touchdown pass, but Alexis Mata missed the extra point, so it was 27-14 Parkland with 7:00 left in the third.

Burges kept on punching back as AJ Johnson ran it in from four yards out to make it 27-21 as the third quarter expired.

As the teams continue to go blow-for-blow, Burges kicker Jesus Torres hit a 34-yard field goal to narrow the gap to 27-24 Matadors with 4:34 left in the game.

The momentum keep going back to Burges as on Parkland’s next possession Herrera’s pass was batted at the line and Alec Marenco intercepted it and ran it in from 17-yards out giving Burges the lead 31-27 with 3:44 left in the fourth quarter.

As Parkland drove and clocked ticked down on the ensuing drive, Gabe Herrera was force to sit out a play due his helmet coming off but in comes back up quarterback Jacariaous Lewis.

On Lewis’ only pass attempt of the game, he connected with Dwayne Ford, Jr. for a 28-yard touchdown pass to put the Mats ahead with just 12 seconds left on the clock.

Parkland players ran onto the field to celebrate the go-ahead touchdown, which drew an unsportsmanlike penalty which was assessed on the kickoff, and after the extra point,

After the line drive kickoff was returned to the Parkland 49-yard by line by Burges with 12 seconds left, Johnson found Alec Marceno in Parkland territory which gave the Mustangs a chance to send it to overtime with less than a second left in the game..

Burges’ Jesus Torres attempted a 54-yard field goal, but was blocked but since the play wasn’t blown dead, a second sideline warning on Parkland was called, so Torres stepped up and hit a 39-yarder after the penalty yards were marked off to send it into overtime.

In first and only overtime period, Burges scored on a gadget play from Jones to Johnson but Torres had his extra point blocked, and it was 40-34, Burges as Parkland took possession.

Parkland marched down 25 yards, in four plays and scored on a one yard keeper by Herrera. The climatic extra point was made, and Parkland edged Burges 41-40.

Story by Paul Torres

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