This years Tascosa v Sandies game is in the books, but what a game it was. This rivalry never fails to impress. After a quick 3 and out on the first possession, AHS punts the ball to the Tascosa 48. Tascosa fails to convert a 4th down on a fake punt, and AHS takes over at the Rebels 47. Amarillo makes a stand inside the 20 where the Sandies get as close as 4th and 3 and are forced to make a field goal attempt which is blocked, keeping the score 0-0. On the next possession, Tascosa is held at 3rd and 11 when Treveal Bridges breaks a 70 yard end round for a touchdown. 6 minutes into the 2nd quarter, AHS mounts a 6 minute drive that culminates into an 18 yard touchdown pass after the defender runs into the referee giving the Sandies an easy 6. Rebels take over at their own 25 yard line and the very first play, Lamaron Smith again, takes a 75 yard stroll into the end-zone...right up the middle having never been touched. Four minutes into the second quarter, Tascosa is up 13-7. Both teams force punts save a last minute effort to put 3 on the board with a failed 58 yard field goal attempt.
The Rebels would recieve the ball to start the 3rd quarter and nine plays later, King Doerue would dance a 35 yard touchdown in. After the extra point, the score would be Tascosa 20 - AHS 7. The Sandies would go another 3 and out as well as the Rebels on their next possessions. Amarillo finally puts together a drive and runs in a 2 yard touchdown bringing the score to 20-13 after a failed extra point attempt. With under a minute left and the Rebels facing 4th and 8, Evan Enos completes a 49 yard fake punt to Ayden Noriega and Carlos Lopez add the point closing the 3rd quarter 27-13. Amarillo would attempt to piece together a comeback, driving the ball 16 plays to the Tascosa 32 yard line where Amarillo is intercepted with still over 7 minutes to go in the game. The Rebels would make a drive of their own going 53 yards in 7 plays when a fumble gives the ball back to the Sandies at their own 36 yard line. Amarillo would score 10 plays later closing the gap to 7. On the following kickoff, Amarillo successfully secures the onside kick with under a minute to go in the game. On the very next play, the victory for Tascosa is sealed when Jayden Peeks intercepts Nathan Betts on a last ditched effort to find the end-zone. Not since 1974 has Tascosa beaten the Amarillo High Sandies back to back.
As much as we would love to enjoys this victory, the season marches on and it only gets tougher from here. Next opponent is Odessa high which also defeated AHS with a seven point margin. Every game from this point on determines who plays for district and who plays in the playoffs. These Rebels will continue to take this one game at a time.