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The Bel Air Highlanders and the Ysleta Indians renewed their Lower Valley rivalry for the 42nd time and had quite a shootout. The Highlanders would outlast the Indians, 55-48.
Bel Air jumped out to a 27-0 in the first quarter, starting when quarterback Adrian Parsons found Carlos Zepeda from 27 yards out. Running Back Devin Loray then ran it in twice on runs of 13 and 12 yards. Parsons would close out the first quarter scoring with a nine yard run.
The Indians would cut the lead down to two scores before halftime, making it 27-14 at the half. The scoring for the Indians would start with Lucas Flores with Gavin Espino from 13 yards out to close out an 80 yard drive. Flores would then run the ball in from 14 yards to give us the halftime score.
The true shootout would then begin in the second half, beginning with Parsons connecting with Jayson Smith from 31 yards out to get us to 33-14. Ysleta’s Dathon Loray would then score on runs of 41 and 65 yards to close the score to within 33-28.
After the Indians defense recovered a fumble on the 25-yard line, Flores would connect with Giovanni Martinez from 17 yards out to give Ysleta their first lead, 34-33. Parsons would then connect with Smith from nine yards to make it 40-34.
Flores then found Martinez for a 65 yard score to make it 41-40. On their next drive, Flores found Sebastian Portillo from 13 yards out to make the score 48-40 Indians. Parsons would answer back with a 70-yard completion to Adam Gomez; he then found Fernando Castillo for a successful two-point conversion to get the score to 48-48. The Indians would drive the ball to Bel Air 35-yard line where their drive would stall with 1:22 left in the game. Parsons would lead the Highlanders on the game-winning drive, connecting with Chris Garcia for a five yard game-winning score.
Bel Air’s Devin Loray was out Speaking Rock Player of the Game by rushing for 182 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns. Parsons would finish 18-23 for 218 yards and four scores. For the Indians, Flores finished 13-21 for 260 yards and four touchdowns; he added 105 rushing yards and another score. Ysleta’s Dathon Loray added 135 rushing yards on only six carries and two scores.
Sergio Robali Reporting