EL PASO- One of the only things that went wrong for the Andress Eagles on Friday night was fumbling the opening kickoff. After that, the Eagles blitzed and ran off 41 unanswered points in the first half and cruised to a 51-7 win over the Burges Mustangs in a battle for District 1-5A supremacy
“I know we gave them a gift on that opening kickoff but aside from that, I thought we played well tonight in all phases of the game,” Andress head coach Jeff Woodruff said following the game.
After fumbling the opening kickoff, Burges quarterback Matteo Serrano ran the ball seven yards for an opening touchdown to make it 7-0 Mustangs. It didn’t take long for the Eagles to respond. Sophomore running back Dorian Lewis ran it 28 yards to tie the game up at 7.
After stalling another Mustang drive, the Eagles started to break it open as they blocked the punt that was picked up by Tre Maestas and returned 43 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-7. The Eagles defense would force another Serrano fumble that the Eagles cashed in with a 5- yard touchdown run by Jalen Joseph to make it 21-7.
After another forced punt, Lewis found the end zone again from 31 yards out to make it 28-7 at the end of the first quarter and the rout was on. Lewis finished with 180 yards on 14 carries and the two first half scores.
Andress quarterback Dominique Smith tossed an 80-yard pass to Maestas and would throw another to Keshon White to make the score 41-7 heading into the locker room.
The Eagles would add another field goal from Mark Ramos and another Keshon White touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the final total at 51-7. The Eagles finished with 396 yards of total offense.
“Any time you have to answer the bell, we have to do that,” Woodruff said, “I feel like we did that tonight.”
“This game was important after what happened last year,” Maestas said, “We’re just trying to get better and win district and we feel like we proved something tonight.”
The Eagles stay unbeaten in District 1-5A play and face El Paso Austin next Friday. The Burges Mustangs fall to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in District 1-5A play and host the Chapin Huskies next week.
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