Eastwood Exterminates the Scorpions
On an evening where Eastwood quaterback Chris Castaneda wore number 3 instead of his usual number 10 jersey to honor late teammate Eddie Cruz, the Troopers marched into the high desert of Horizon and throughly dominated the Scorpions 56-27. It was a vitally important win for the Troopers who not only came in off of a hard fought 43-28 loss to Plano in Frisco, but also had an 0-2 record, and faced a ret-hot Horizon squad who won their first two games of the season.
The game was close with 3:06 left in the first quarter as Eastwood held a narrow 7-6 lead thanks to a Castaneda to Grey Romero touchdown. The Troopers finished the quarter by scoring back-to-back touchdowns to take a 21-6 lead into the second. A 39-yard defensive touchdown scored by Troopers' LB Julian Flores began a quarter of non-stop scoring that resulted in Eastwood taking a commanding 42-6 lead at the half.
The second half was full of turnovers as both teams combined for a whopping four blunders, two interceptions and a fumble by Eastwood and a fumble by Horizon which contributed to quite a few points scored in the third and fourth quarters. Despite the Troopers' turnovers, the Scorpions could not contend with their scoring frenzy, as they cruised to the easy victory.
Eastwood QB Chris Castaneda had an Oscar worthy performance as he went 22 for 32 with 359 yards, 4 passing and 2 rushing TD's. The Troopers will look to carry their momentum over to next week as they face one of the top ranked teams in the state in midland Lee, while Horizon travels to Bel Air to face the Highlanders.