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Dons double up Espanola

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Medrano, Morales a potent duo in backfield

By Dave Kavanaugh

Lorenzo Morales and Jayvis Medrano combined for more than 300 rushing yards and four touchdowns Friday night, keying West Las Vegas’ 40-20 triumph at Española Valley.

It was the Dons’ first win of the football season, their second under head coach Mike Ulibarri.

With the West offensive line holding tough all night, quarterback George Martinez counted on Morales and Medrano to charge up the middle of the field against the Class 4A Sundevils.

Morales punched into the end zone first, giving WLV a 6-0 lead with 6:34 on the clock in the opening period.

Steven Salinas busted up a play on fourth down to gain a turnover on downs on the next EVHS series.

On their next drive, Española did answer with a touchdown at the 1:06 mark of the first quarter, and Antonio Garcia’s two-point conversion made it 8-6 Sundevils.

Española looked to be on a roll after they then stuffed a West Las Vegas drive.

But the Dons returned the favor. Then Martin Blea struck, returning a Sundevils punt 50 yards for a 12-8 West lead at the 10:34 mark in the second quarter.

Medrano, a senior who has toiled in other positions through his career in green and gold, busted a 25-yard touchdown run a few minutes later. A two-point conversion stretched West’s lead to 20-8.

Turnovers did dampen the West Las Vegas mood a little.

In the waning minutes of the half, the Dons fumbled the ball away, and Española ran it back 80 yards for a much-needed touchdown. With 2:20 to go before halftime, it was 20-14.

Another West drive deep into Sundevil territory ended with a  fumble early in the third quarter. This time, however, the home team was unable to convert the turnover into points.

On West’s next possession, Martinez delivered a TD pass to Blea, and Morales tacked on a two-point conversion run. That made it 28-14 with 4:22 left in the third.

Medrano scored again before the period ended to give WLV a 34-14 cushion.

Forty-one seconds into the fourth quarter, Morales darted to paydirt from 7 yards away for a 40-14 spread.

The Sundevils made the final score more respectable after punching into the end zone in the final second of the game, finishing one of the team’s few sustained drives of the evening.

Unofficially, Morales racked up 208 yards and two TDs, and Medrano gained 130 yards with two TDs.

West Las Vegas (1-1) now travels to Class 2A Tucumcari for a Friday night game. The Rattlers are coming off a 32-13 win over New Mexico Military.