Photo by EP Herald Post
EL PASO, Texas – Tonight’s game at the SAC wasn’t supposed to be close on paper, even though when these two teams step on the field anything can happen.
A budding East El Paso rivalry game between the Spartans and Aztecs was set with both teams trying to bounce back from losing seasons last year.
In the 2018 season opener Pebble Hills took down El Dorado 44-13, the score this year would be in similar fashion.
Early on it seemed like the game would be a back and fourth battle but eventually Pebble Hills took off, leaving El Dorado in the dust.
Around the four minute mark into the game the Spartans drove down the field and strikes firs via a jet sweep handoff to Jalen Patrida towards the right side which resulted in an 11 yard touchdown run.
The rest of the quarter would be punts and failed fourth down attempts for both sides.
Pebble hills would have a long seven minute drive in the second quarter capped off with a eight yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Davis.
El Dorado wideout Kris Martin would provide a spark in the second quarter with a 70-yard catch and run to put the Aztecs in the red zone.
El Dorado would drive to get to the one yard line inside a promising drive that started at their own 10 yard line would be stalled out by a fumble at the one yard line recovered by Pebble Hills in the end zone. That would ultimately stop the Aztecs momentum for the remainder of the half.
Neither team could do much as the first half would wind down. El Dorado despite their mistakes would hang around and keep the game close late in the first half.
Pebble Hills had the last possession of the first half and seemed content with going into the locker room up 14. They would run the ball with their Senior QB Sebastian Ochoa. Ochoa would break a couple of big runs in the final minute to put them within distance to take a shot at the end zone. With just under 10 seconds remaining and the ball 43 yards away from the end zone, Ochoa launched the ball and found Davis again near the end zone, Davis made two defenders miss as he scored his second touchdown of the game.
The second half would start a little better for the Aztecs, around six minutes in, Martin would catch a short pass and run for 10-yards to score the first touchdown for the Aztecs to put them right back into the game.
Isaiah Davis would be named our player of the game, but it was a close decision between him, and Sebastian Ochoa. Early on, the Spartans’ Kylar Sanchez and Jalen Partida made some plays that would also consider them. However Davis would not be denied getting into the end zone 3 times.
Next week Pebble Hills will travel to Grande Communications Stadium to face Midland. El Dorado will look to bounce back as the head west to face Coronado.
Story by Christian Molinar