EL PASO — The Andress Eagles spent Friday night’s game running the ball and running it some more. When the dust settled, Andress ran for 372 yards en route to a 48-22 win over the Chapin Huskies to claim their second straight District 1-5A title.
“It feels special to win district,” sophomore running back Dorian Lewis said. “We worked so hard for this.”
Lewis was the main sparkplug on offense and got it going early for Andress, taking the first play of scrimmage for a 64-yard touchdown to make it 7-0 and it was only the beginning. After stopping Chapin on downs, Lewis found paydirt again on a 28-yard run to make it 14-0.
Chapin would finally get on the board as Anthony Baird found Kentreyal Carraway for a 14-yard touchdown pass to get them on the board. The Eagles would respond with a 48-yard screen pass from Dominique Smith to Jalen Joseph to make it 21-6 heading into the locker room.
“Something was working on the offensive line tonight,” said Andress head coach Jeff Woodruff, “It was great to see that.”
After taking the ball in the second half, Dorian Lewis would make his most emphatic statement of the night as he broke several tackles and trucked a Chapin defender to add a 57-yard touchdown to make it 28-6. The sophomore running back would finish with a career-best 301 yards on 20 carries and three touchdowns.
“The offensive line was tremendous,” Lewis said. “I owe a lot to those guys up front. It was a great team effort. I really wanted that 300-yard game.”
Chapin would try and fight back as quarterback Anthony Baird threw two touchdown passes in the second half to Carraway and Christian McKeever. The senior quarterback would finish with 204 yards passing and three touchdowns but the Eagles ground-and-pound attack would continue.
Dominique Smith would add a touchdown run and junior running back Jalen Joseph would add two fourth quarter touchdown runs to put the game away. And after a 1-2 start, the Eagles have rattled off seven straight wins and are now entering the playoffs with a lot of confidence.
“We had some mistakes we had to correct early in the year,” Woodruff said, “I think that 1-2 start helped us focus and move ahead. I feel like we’re playing our best football right now.”
Both teams will play in the Class 5A Division I bracket. Andress will host Bel Air while Chapin will travel to Del Valle. As of posting, the date and time for both games had yet to be determined.
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