EL PASO, Texas – For the second straight week, Del Valle out gained their out-of-town opponent but a special teams touchdown and three Del Valle turnovers on offense helped Central Union pick up their first ever win in the State of Texas as the Spartans beat Del Valle 34-21 Friday night at Conquest Stadium.
Dell Valle outgained Central 356-293 (unofficially), but Central’s defense forced three turnovers, and the Spartans specials team’s units helped keep the momentum on their side all night with two punts that Del Valle inside their own 10 yard line.
Central Union led 13-7 at halftime. The Spartans jumped out to a 13-0 lead after an 18-yard return of a blocked punt by Central’s Michael Sullivan for a touchdown. Elias Dominquez broke free for the block, and Sullivan scored his first of three touchdowns on the evening.
Sullivan then took a screen pass 18-yards to house with 9:48 left in the third quarter as Central Union built a 20-7 lead coming out of the halftime break. Central would engineer another scoring drive to lead 27-7 after a nine-yard touchdown by quarterback Deniro Osuna.
Del Valle never gave up and their defense kept them in the game in multiple situations, as Gabe Rodriguez and offense finally answered after he took a 62-yard pass from Sebastian Carr to house right before the end of the third quarter which cut the lead to 27-13, and Del Valle was right back in it.
Although our Speaking Rock Player of the Game had the last say.
Sullivan took a short pass and ran about 40 yards or so after the catch to complete a 52-yard hook up from quarterback Deniro Osuna with 4:36 left in the game, and Central was leading 34-14 and was in full control.
Osuna accounted for three touchdowns, two through the air, and added that nine-yard touchdown run.
Central ran for 159 yards as a team, Jonathan Medina ran for 60 yards, while Angel Nava-Esparza rand for 63 yards.
Carr finished the night with 184 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Gabe Rodriguez caught four passes for 85 yards, and had a first quarter interception on the defensive side.
Del Valle drops to 0-2 on the season, and will face Hutto next week in the Austin area