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Horizon has a young team, and would’ve loved to go into the off season on a high note, but it was Senior Night for Ysleta, and with 26 seniors on the roster, the Indians had other plans.
Gio Martinez got the scoring started on a jet sweep to the left side, breaking free for 53 yards, giving Ysleta the early lead in the 1st quarter, 7-0.
In the 2nd though, Mark Delgado got a 20 yard field goal to get Horizon on the board, making it 7-3, midway through the quarter. Ysleta then drove down on the next possession and scored on a 12 yard pass from Lucas Flores to Martinez, yet Horizon countered with a Jacob Quijas run from 3 yards out, making the halftime score, 14-10, Ysleta over Horizon, going into the locker room at the half.
In the 3rd quarter, Ysleta’s Flores hooked up with Misael Palacios from 15 yards out, giving them a 21-10 lead. Horizon kept it close, as Quijas connected with Ross Valenzuela from 15 yards to make it 21-17 with 3:29 left in the quarter.
Ysleta then widened the gap as Flores hit the Speaking Rock Player Of The Game, Gio Martinez for his 3rd touchdown of the night (2 catches, and 1 run), this one from 29 yards out in stride, giving Ysleta a 28-17 lead, still 1:37 in the 3rd.
Horizon was only down 2 scores, but that’s when Gavin Espino of Ysleta, stepped in front of a Quijas pass and returned it 13 yards, and with the extra point from Isaac Jaramillo, Ysleta took a commanding 35-17 lead with 1:21 left in the 3rd quarter.
The Scorpions marched down the field and got into the end zone on a 7 yard run by Nathan Cortez, but too little, too late, as Ysleta got the “W”, 35-24.
Next week, the 3rd seeded Indians will travel to Mustang Stadium to take on the 2nd seeded Burges Mustangs who were upset by Austin, in their 5A Division 2 Bi-District matchup, date and time is to be determined.
Paul Torres Reporting