Eastlake’s 2nd Half Surge holds off Americas 23-14

Homecoming night for Americas at the SAC against the number 1 team in the city, the Eastlake Flacons. In true homecoming fashion there was a lot of twist and turns. 

Throughout the first half both teams would struggle offensively. Americas who is young, is understandably trying to find its identity, was expected to struggle. The Falcons on the other hand with its high powered offense was a bit of a surprise. 

Both teams would be sloppy with penalties, turnovers, and poor execution. Eastlake would break the tie right before the half with a field goal. A defensive battle would cap the first half. Americas would only have one first down in the first half with 2 turnovers. Eastlake would have 2 turnovers and have only around 125 yards of total offense. 

The second half both teams would pick up the pace. A few adjustments from both sides would open up the scoring. Americas would go under center more often and would move the ball with Dreenen carrying the load for most of the second half. Mike Moore at QB would find a balance between running and passing with allowed Americas to score twice. 

Eastlake would find it’s groove behind Mr. Do It All Elijah Uribe who had close to 40 touches on the night and contributed on both  offensive touchdowns. Uribe would move from RB and stay at QB for the rest of the game once the 3rd quarter started.

That would be the spark offensively that the Falcons needed. The biggest swing for the night was a defensive touchdown for Eastlake a near 85 yard strip fumble return that started the scoring in the 3rd quarter.

Both teams defensively were sound but the offenses woke up near the end to cap off an exciting night, Eastlake would get the victory over Americas 23-14.

Next week Eastlake hosts Pebble Hills and Americas will face Socorro.

Christian Molinar, Daniel Hernandez, Johnny Tegg, Tony Grijalva Reporting