Ysleta Stuns Bel Air on Homecoming
Ysleta proved that their 3-1 record was no fluke as they pulled off a tremendous 12-7 victory over Bel Air at Highlander Stadium. The Indians' defense and special teams play was stellar all night long and ultimately proved to be the difference in their win.
On paper, Bel Air should have won the game as they tallied 281 total yards to Ysleta's 218, and Indians' QB Damian Solis threw three interceptions. As we all know, games aren't won on paper, and Ysleta's relentless pursuit of Highlanders' quarterback Jesus Contreras and clutch play in the secondary were quite impressive to say the least.
Without question, the play of the game for Ysleta came in the first quarter when Indians' MLB Sal Valdez blocked a Bel Air punt attempt and returned it 43 yards for the defensive score. Bel Air put together a beautiful 63-yard drive as the second quarter was coming to an end, but was unable to score when the Indians stopped them at the 2-yard line as time expired. This proved to be one of the most crucial plays of the game, and it was a bit surprising that the Highlanders opted to not kick the field goal.
Ysleta never gave Bel Air another chance to put points on the board as their defense shut the Highlanders out the final 43 minutes of the contest. Bel Air had one final gasp of life left with a little more than a minute remaining in the game but quarterback Jesus Contreras threw an interception at his own 25-yard line to secure the win for Ysleta.
With the victory, Ysleta moves to 4-1, 1-1 (2-5A) and are idle next week. Bel Air falls to 3-
2, 1-1 (2-5A) and will travel to Eastlake next Friday.