With the Parkland Matadors one week away from a huge matchup against the Canutillo Eagles, they had to face a hungry and eager Riverside Ranger team this week.
With the Rangers starting the game off first with an impressive first drive offensively, that was abruptly halted by the Matador defense. Once the Parkland offense stepped on the field, it was lights out, fast-paced action from there. The Matadors first touched paydirt when Gabe Herrera connected with Donta Hayes on a 33-yard TD pass.
The Matadors continued with their air raid attack all first half. Their last score of the half for the Matadors was an emphatic 83-yard pass from Herrera to Dwayne Ford Jr to take the Matadors in at the half with a 28-0 lead, with Herrera having 269 yards in the air.
The first time the Rangers reached the end zone was in the 4th quarter when QB Isaac Pickard had a 5-yard TD rum.
The Matadors ensured they secured a victory as they stopped Riverside when the Rangers recovered the onside kick. The Matadors then scored last in the game when Herrera found Angel Mendez in the end zone for a 5-yard TD pass to end the game with the Matadors victorious, 35-7.
The Speaking Rock Player of the Game was Gabe Herrera who had 384 yards in the air and 5 passing TDs
Next week, the Rangers will host the Hanks Knights for the season finale. The Matadors will travel to Canutillo next week.
Paul David Oliver Reporting