Late TD, blocked FG try send Everman to victory

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Junior defensive end Charles Badger blocked an El Paso Del Valle field-goal attempt with 1:44 remaining to preserve a hard-fought 16-15 victory for Everman on Saturday night at the Mustang Bowl in the season opener for both teams.

Everman, which won last year’s meeting 48-10, struggled to find any offensive rhythm for most of the game until finally breaking through with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns.

“They really schemed us well tonight, their QB is a heck of a player and they are a much improved ball club. We are still young and learning, but we have a lot of work to do,” Everman coach Dale Keeling said.

The first half was a defensive slugfest as the Bulldogs only had three possessions, while Del Valle just had two. Del Valle was able to stop Everman on its first drive and quickly establish an offensive rhythm to take a 7-0 lead on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Steven Montez to senior receiver Matt Vasquez.

After forcing an Everman three-and-out, the Conquistadores again marched down the field to the Everman 5-yard-line, but on fourth-and-1 the Everman defense stopped a quarterback sneak just short.

The Bulldogs finally showed some life and notched a 35-yard field goal by Aroldo Cruz as time expired to cut Del Valle’s lead at halftime to 7-3.

After a scoreless third quarter, the game opened up in the fourth as Everman finally began to find creases in a tough Conquistadores defense. Reggie Kincade scored on a 26-yard run to give Everman its first lead at 9-7 after a failed PAT.

Del Valle answered on a 6-yard touchdown run by Jose Rascon and converted the 2-point conversion to lead 15-9.

Everman again had an answer as Kincade found a wide-open Chris Stafford for a 55-yard touchdown pass to put the Bulldogs ahead for good at 16-15.

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