El Paso, Texas — Americas used a strong performance from their defense, and used big plays on offense to sustain drives, and put the hard fighting Montwood Rams away, shutting down the Rams playoff hopes Friday night in the SAC.
The Blazer defense piled up six total sacks and allowed just 245 yards of total offense. Montwood finished the night with minus-8 rushing yards in the game.
The teams traded touchdown passes in a four minutes span in the first quarter, making it a 7-7 game after a Jason Fernandez touchdown pass for Montwood with 5:47 left in the opening quarter.
A safety occurred in the most awkward way, which gave Americas the lead for good.
Ivan Vilchis punting from his own endzone, hit a line drive punt, straight off the helmet of an Americas player that caromed into the back of the south end zone of the SAC to make it 9-7 Blazers towards the midway point of the second quarter.
Americas led 15-7 at halftime, but Aaron Dumas second touchdown run of the game made it 22-7 Blazers with 6:53 left in the third quarter. Fernandez would throw his second touchdown pass of the night, answering Americas’ score and the Rams were down 22-14.
Jamie De La Cruz would hook up with Julian Hinojos on a third and long on the ensuing drive, resulting in a 25-yard touchdown pass and catch with 4:15 left in the third, and the Blazers leading 29-14.
A third touchdown from Fernandez made it 29-20 after a pair of defensive stops from the Montwood defense, but a blocked extra point kept the Rams down two scores with just 4:26 to play in the game after the Fernandez touchdown pass.
Fernandez put out a gutsy effort, throwing for 181 yards and three touchdowns on basically one foot as he was slowed by a foot injury.
Montwood would drive deep into Americas territory with under three minutes to play, but without any timeouts the Rams ran out of time and downs, and Americas locked up a bi-district home game next week against Midland Lee.
By virtue of the Coronado win over Pebble Hills, Montwood ends their season at 4-6 overall, and 2-3 in district 1-6A as Pebble Hills head-to-head win over Montwood sends the Spartans to the playoffs.
Dumas was the Casa Nissan player of the game, running for 199 yards and two touchdowns, putting the sophomore over 2,000 yards on the season.
The time and date for the Midland Lee-Americas bi-district matchup will be announced at a later date.