Tucker, Tiger defense combine to whip El Dorado
BY DOUG HENSLEY
WOLFFORTH — El Paso El Dorado had a hard time closing the deal Friday night, and Frenship took full advantage, rolling to a 27-10 victory against the Aztecs in a non-district football game at Peoples Bank Stadium.
The Tigers (3-0 overall) rode the relentless legs of senior running back D’Maujeric Tucker, who had 255 yards on 26 carries and scored three times, and a resilient defense that pressured Aztec quarterback Cade Terrazas into three interceptions.
Frenship put the game away in the fourth quarter with a pair of scores. First, the Tigers marched 56 yards in 11 plays to a 41-yard field goal from John Sparkman that gave Frenship a 20-10 lead with 11 minutes remaining.
The Aztecs (2-1) moved the ball all night, piling up 521 yards of total offense, but they had little to show for it. On the ensuing possession, El Dorado moved from its own 29 to the Tiger 18 … but on second-and-8, Terrazas’ pass across the middle was intercepted by senior linebacker Stephen Smith.
Tucker and company wasted no time, covering 77 yards in a mere three plays. After Tucker got 2 yards up the middle, quarterback Tyler Lloyd and fullback Bryndan Arredondo teamed up for the play of the game with Lloyd floating a perfect pass over the middle that Arredondo turned into a 67-yard gain and moved the ball to the 8. Tucker dashed in on the next play, Sparkman added the extra point, and the Tigers had moved out of harm’s way with a 27-10 lead at the 6:31 mark.
El Dorado had the ball two more times, but the Aztecs turned the ball over on downs each time as Frenship’s defense bent but did not break in the second half.
Speaking of breaking, the Tigers wasted no time breaking into the scoring column on the first play of the game. Lloyd bobbled the exchange from center, but Tucker took the handoff and sprinted untouched 69 yards up the middle for a 7-0 lead just 16 seconds into the game.
El Paso tied the game a few moments later with a bolt of lightning of its own. Backed up to their own 7, Terrazas found Quinton Childs across the middle. He grabbed the ball with one hand and scooted 93 yards to the end zone. The point-after kick made it 7-7 with 9:19 remaining.
Frenship reclaimed the lead midway through the second quarter with a long drive that ended with Sparkman’s 33-yard field goal. The Tigers moved from their own 42 to the El Paso 16, and the kick gave FHS a 10-7 lead with 9:38 left in the opening half.
The Tigers held El Paso to an apparent three and out, and Frenship blocked the punt. However, a Frenship player touched the ball, and the Aztecs recovered the fumble, getting a new set of downs at their own 31. From there, El Paso moved to the Frenship 16 and a 34-yard field goal by Eric Gonzalez made it 10-10 with just more than six minutes left in the first half. The kick was not without its own drama as it hit the crossbar and flopped over for the points.
Frenship claimed the lead at intermission on the next possession, covering 62 yards in five plays with Tucker providing a 5-yard run at the 4:31 mark.
The Tigers travel north to face Amarillo at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
FRENSHIP 27, EL PASO EL DORADO 10
EP El Dorado 7 3 0 0 — 10
Frenship 7 10 0 10 — 27
FHS—Tucker 69 run (Sparkman kick), 11:44
EPED—Chiles 93 pass from Terrazas (Eric Gonzalez kick)
FHS—Sparkman 33 FG, 9:38
EPED—Gonzalez 34 FG, 6:22
FHS—Tucker 5 run (Sparkman kick), 4:31
FHS—Sparkman 41 FG, 11:09
FHS—Tucker 8 run (Sparkman kick), 6:31
First downs 23 24
Rushes-yards 41-217 41-250
Passing yards 304 130
Att-Comp-Int 35-19-3 17-8-0
Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-1
Penalies-yards 9-55 6-56
Punts-avg. 3-35.3 5-37.2
RUSHING: El Paso El Dorado, Terrazas 24-96, Wilson 12-118, Douglas 1-(-3), Childs 1-16, Vasser 1-2;
Frenship, Tucker 26-255, Arredondo 3-3, Lloyd 8-(-14), Davis 1-10, Collins 1-(-5), Stevens 2-1.
PASSING: El Paso El Dorado, Terrazas 19-35-3, 304 yards; Frenship, Lloyd 8-17-0, 130 yards.
RECEIVING: El Paso El Dorado, Wilson 4-20, Childs 6-171, White 3-49, Duran 4-43, Douglas 1-16, Sims 1-6, Powell 1-5. Frenship, Arredondo 5-115, Vaughn 2-27, Powell 1-8.
1-6, Powell 1-5. Frenship, Arredondo 5-115, Vaughn 2-27, Powell 1-8.
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