Del Valle Dominates Riverside On A Rainy, Sloppy Night
Rain fell throughout the evening, puddles of water accumulated on the field, the temperature dropped into the 60's, and Del Valle defeated Riverside in a key District 2-4A battle at Riverfront Stadium. The Rangers were never really in the contest, turning the ball over 6 times.
It was evident from the beginning of the contest that Riverside quarterback Andy Castro and center Mark Ennis were not on the same page, as Ennis kept snapping the ball over Castro's head. On their first possession, Castro had a snap fly over his head into the endzone, Castro was able to get the bad snap and throw the ball away, avoiding the safety.
The Rangers weren't so fortunate on their second possession as another bad snap by center Ennis went into the endzone, and was recovered by Del Valle defensive end Anthony Rubio for the defensive touchdown. Del Valle's defensive dominated the remainder of the game, and the Conquistadores never looked back, winning the game 25-0.
Del Valle's ground game was solid despite the poor field conditions, as running back Andy Rubio had 23 carries for 132 yards and scored a touchdown. Conquistadores' quarterback Steven Montes performed well considering the steady rain, he was 4-8 with 2 touchdowns, including a 1 yard QB keeper for a score.
It was quite a site seeing the steady rain for more than 2 hours at Riverfront Stadium, there was a huge puddle of water that actually accumulated at the 40 yard line. The treacherous conditions led to both teams combining for 13 fumbles.
With the win, Del Valle takes over the number one spot in District 2-4A. The Conquistadores are 3-2 on the season, and will host San Elizario next Friday for homecoming. Riverside falls to 2-3 overall with the loss, and will travel to Canutillo next week. District 2-4A is always competitive, and this is the time of the year when things really get interesting. One thing is for certain, Del Valle will be there at the end of the season, looking to win another 2-4A title.