On senior night at Excalibur Stadium Del Valle would take control of the game to score a 63 to 7 victory over the Hanks Knights to move to 3-0 in District 1-5a and 7-1 overall.
Both squads would play a sloppy 1st half combing for 5 Turnovers and 16 penalties. The difference in the score was Del Valle’s ability to capitalize on their opportunities ripping of explosive play after play for the east victory. Hanks would finish with 5 turnovers (4 interceptions, 1 fumble) that they where unable to recover from.
The scoring opened when Del Valle took the opening kick and only needed 3 plays and 1:03 seconds for Quarterback Jesse Ramos to hit Running Back Juan Archuleta on a 68 yard screen pass to take a 7-0 lead. Del Valle Safety Dominick Calderon would intercept Hanks Quarterback Marcus Porras to set up Ramos 2nd Touchdown pass 22 yard Touchdown pass to RJ Bracamontes to take a 14-0 lead into the 2nd Quarter.
In the 2nd Quarter Hanks seemingly driving the ball to cut into the Conquistador-lead in half but would fumble at the goal line. On the next Del Valle offensive possession Jesse Ramos would hit Jonathan Estrada for a 55 yard Touchdown pass to extend the lead to 21-0. Hanks found success throwing the ball but was unable to sustain drives. Del Valle would get their next Touchdown on an explosive 49 Yard Touchdown Run by Shelton Fuller to put the game out of reach at 28-0. Jesse Ramos would find RJ Bracamontes on a 22 yard Touchdown Pass the 4th touchdown pass of the 1st half for Ramos and 2nd Touchdown reception for the speedy Bracamontes taking a 35-0 lead into the half.
Del Valle would pick up where they left off in the 3rd Quarter with Jesse Ramos tossing his 5th Touchdown of the night a 15 yarder to Jonathan Estrada. Del Valle Wide Receiver Matt Lopez would add a Touchdown run on a sweep to extend the Conquistador lead to 49-0. Hanks would finally get on the scoreboard avoiding the shutout when Marcus Porras would find Receiver Erik Folkedahl making the score 49-7.
Both teams would give reps to their younger players the entire 4th quarter to get to the games final score 63 to 7.
Del Valle now continues their march towards the District 1-5a title next week on Senior night versus Ysleta. Hanks drops to 1-2 in District 1-5a, 3-5 overall and look to regroup next week when Parkland comes to Excalibur Stadium for Senior Night.
Story by Chris Gomez