Aztec’s record-setting season comes to an end

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By Isayah Garner
Photo By Isabella Engkilterra

 

Last Friday, the El Dorado Aztecs took on the Amarillo Tascosa Rebels in the first round of the 2015 Texas High School Football District 1-6A Division I Playoffs.

 

It was their second home playoff game in three years, and after winning their first district championship in school history, the Aztecs looked to continue bringing home gold balls to the trophy case.

 

Unfortunately, they came up short against the Rebels 66-40.

 

The Aztecs fell behind early in the first quarter, after a touchdown run by senior running back Sergio Gonzales. They allowed 17 unanswered points.

 

The Aztecs then were able to score once again with a touchdown pass from senior quarterback Austyn Hill to junior wide receiver Tyquez Hampton to make the score 13-17 after a missed extra point. The rebels, however, were able to score 21 unanswered points before the Aztecs scored on a touchdown pass from Austyn to senior wide receiver Mario Puig, making the score 20-38.

 

As the half came to a close, the Rebels attempted a field goal, but missed it, allowing junior wide receiver to run it back for a touchdown. After the two-point conversion was successful, the half ended with the lead now cut down to 10, making the score 28-38.

 

Going into the half, it seemed as if the momentum had shifted. Head Coach Jim Althoff wanted to make sure the guys got stretched out and loosened up as the temperature dropped.

 

“Don’t stand around off to the side,” Althoff said. “Let coach stretch you out, and let’s go win this football game.”

 

The Aztecs came out driving down the field, putting in sophomore quarterback Cedarious Barfield, and continued to drive until a fumble in the red zone by Gonzales shifted the momentum back to the Rebels, which later led to a touchdown.

 

The Aztecs were able to come back, bringing the lead back down to 10 with a touchdown pass from Hill to Hernandez, making the score 34-45 after a missed extra point.

 

The Aztecs tried to comeback, but their efforts weren’t enough. Hill threw a touchdown pass to senior receiver Cameron Covington, who literally leapt into the end zone. That would be the last time they scored. The game ended with the final score of 66-40 and the history-making season came to an end.

 

Emotions were high, and although the Aztecs will be turning in equipment this week, they still have a lot to be proud of, being the first district championship team in El Dorado history, and having probably one of the greatest offenses the city and the state has seen.