Del Valle Cruises To An Easy Win Over Hanks
The Del Valle Conquistadores avenged their first loss of the season against Eastlake last week by taking out their frustrations on Hanks.
Del Valle destroyed Hanks on a windy Halloween night with a 60-7 win. The wind which made field goal attempts and punting a nightmare helped Hanks take an early 7-0 lead in the game when cornerback Andrew Flores returned a missed 32 yard field goal with 5 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Little did Hanks know that would be their only score of the game.
Del Valle got on a roll in the second quarter as quarterback Steven Montez scored his first of five touchdowns on a 52 yard QB keeper to tie the score up at 7-7. Montez came back a few minutes later and threw a 29 yard touchdown to Jaylen Golden to put Del Valle up 14-7. At that point the game was still manageable but Hanks discovered just how bad the wind was when they attempted a punt with 5:06 left in the second quarter that went a grand total of 10 yards.
Del Valle took advantage of exceptional starting field position at the Hanks' 35 when running back George De La O scored 2 plays later on a 3 yard touchdown run to put the Conquistadores up 21-7. Hanks' bad luck with their punting game continued as Del Valle blocked an attempt with 1:50 to go in the first half at the Knights' 20. Steven Montez continued his dominance on the ground by scoring on a 2 yard keeper to give the Conquistadores the 27-7 lead at the half.
Montez stellar performance continued in the second half when he threw two more touchdown passes in route to the decisive victory over Hanks. Montez finished 9 for 20 with 122 yards, had 8 rushes for 122 yards and 5 touchdowns. In total Hanks had 4 bad punts which ultimately lead to their demise. With the victory Del Valle improved to 8-1, 5-1 in District 2-5A. They will finish the regular season by traveling to Horizon. Hanks moves to 5-4 on the season, 2-4 in District 2-5A and will host Eastlake next week to conclude their season.