HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALLEL DOR. 51, MID. LEE 44, 2OT Aztecs beat Rebels in double OT thriller
By Felix Chvezfchavez@elpasotimes.com
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The El Dorado Aztecs are no stranger to pulling out close games this season.
So on Friday night when the going got tough, the Aztecs got going and pulled off an exciting 51-44 double overtime win against Midland Lee at the Socorro Student Activities Complex.
The Aztecs are now 4-0 heading into the start of District 1-6A play next week, while Midland Lee falls to 1-3 and lost its second game to an El Paso team this year. Coronado beat the Rebels 46-32 two weeks ago.
“An unbelievable win for our kids,” said an elated Aztecs coach Jim Althoff, whose team beat Eastlake 31-23 and Frenship 49-42 in close games earlier this season. “We made some mistakes that hurt us early on and Midland Lee played well. But we hung tough and our kids showed tons of determination. I’m proud of them.”
The Rebels, who were coming off a 56-6 loss to power Southlake Carroll, took a 37-31 with 1:19 left in regulation on a 1-yard scoring run by Aron Dobbins. The talented running back finished with 268 yards rushing.
But the Aztecs, who led 17-15 at halftime, tied it with 24 seconds left on a 13-yard pass from Austyn Hill to Cameron Covington. Covington helped set up the score with a 31-yard kickoff return to the Rebels 49. A pass interference penalty and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Rebels aided the Aztecs drive. El Dorado, which lost to Midland Lee in last year’s playoffs, could have won the game in regulation but the point after attempt by Marco Hernandez was blocked.
The Rebels scored first in the first overtime period on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Wesley Hall to Rueben Clark to go up 44-37. But El Dorado took just one play to tie it at 44-44 on a Sergio Gonzalez 25-yard scoring run, his fourth touchdown of the game. He finished with 228 yards rushing.
In the second overtime period, the Aztecs got the ball first and Hill connected with 6-foot-4 receiver Torian Jordan on a 26-yard touchdown pass when Jordan outjumped the Midland Lee defender for the score and a 51-44 lead.
Lee had one more chance to tie or win but Dobbins fumbled the ball away on its next possession. Felix Chvez may be reached at 546-6167.