District 1-6A champions El Dorado hosted Amarillo Tascosa on Friday night in the Bi-District round of the Texas high school playoffs, and was outmatched by the run heavy Rebels who won with ease 66-40. Tascosa utilized seven different running backs in their run triple option offense that thoroughly confused the Aztecs' defense throughout the contest.

Tascosa, tri-District 2-6A champions, showed why they are ranked 67th in the state of Texas by scoring on virtually every possession of the game, and playing exceptionally well defensively by pressuring Aztecs' QB Austyn Hill all night long.  The Rebels punted once during the game in the second half and forced three turnovers, scoring points off of each one.

Tascosa took a 38-28 lead into the half over El Dorado.  The Aztecs were on an emotional high heading into the locker room thanks to a spectacular 105 yard touchdown scored by Jorge Hernandez off of a missed field goal 'Auburn style' as the second quarter expired.   El Dorado's hopes of truly making it a game ended in the third quarter when running back Sergio Gonzalez fumbled the ball at the Rebels' 10-yard line.

Amarillo Tascosa prior to kickoff at the SAC. (Photo by Joey Pennisi)
Amarillo Tascosa prior to kickoff at the SAC. (Photo by Joey Pennisi)

The Rebels would go on to outscore El Dorado 28-12 in the second half en route to the victory. Three different running backs scored on various occasions for Tascosa as Tim Fields accounted for two rushing and one receiving TD, Aundra Meeks added two rushing touchdowns, Brett Russell scored a pair of touchdowns, and quarterback Spencer Isern contributed with two QB keepers.

With the victory Amarillo Tascosa improved to 9-2 and will now face Odessa Permian in the Area Round of the playoffs.  El Dorado finishes their 2015 campaign 7-4 and won the 1-6A District championship for the first time in their history.  Overall, it was a memorable season for the Aztecs, one that was full of significant accomplishments.