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September 14, 2013
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EL PASO - Friday night at historic Jones Stadium it was a story of turnovers brothers for El Paso High (2-1) as the Tigers rolled past Clint (1-2) 30-20. Senior QB Bryant Wolf showed he's more than just a capable runner as he ran for 127 yards and a touchdowns, but he also threw for 165 yards and a touchdown. Little brother freshman Trey Wolf was a big play machine rushing for 128 yards and a touchdown on just nine carries to pace the Tigers. Three second half turnovers by Clint proved to give EPHS the spark they needed to score 27 points in the second half and get the win.
Clint, who was without their starting QB switched to a power running scheme that tried to control the clock and for a half it worked but the Lions simply wore down in the second half. Backup QB Jaime Navarette who normally plays running back ran for two scores and threw for another touchdown for the Lions.
After a botched onside kick to open the game, Clint quickly took advantage driving 56 yards for a score on a four yard run by Navarette to make it 6-0 as the PAT was no good. El Paso quickly answered with a solid drive, but penalties in the red zone ended the Tigers hopes for six and they settled for a 26 yard field goal by Jonathan Ramirez to cut the lead in half to 6-3. Early in the second quarter, El Paso High appeared to be on the verge of taking the lead but a touchdown pass from Wolf to Edwin Herrera was called back due to penalty. The Tigers would miss a field goal on that possession. EPHS would have a shot right before the half as Bryant Wolf returned a punt 47 yards to near midfield to set the Tigers up. However, a field goal attempt at the buzzer by Ramirez was blocked and it was 6-3 Clint at the half.
Freshman Trey Wolf got the El Paso offense going in the second half on their first drive as he scored on an impressive 36 yard touchdown run to make it 10-6 El Paso. Clint had an answer on their first drive of the half as their power running game found some traction as Navarette got his second scoring run of the day from a yard out making it 12-10 Clint as the two point try failed. El Paso would again have the answer as after an exchange of fumbles the Tigers jumped out to a 17-12 lead as Wolf hooked up with Andrew Vasquez for a 27 yard touchdown pass.
Early in the fourth it appeared Clint would be on their way to possibly retaking the lead, but a fumble recovered by El Paso LB Omar Rojero would end the threat. Bryant Wolf would then deliver the back breaking blow as on a 3rd and 20 from their own six, Wolf broke loose for a weaving 94 yard touchdown run to put EPHS up 24-12 and effectively end any hopes of a comeback. DL Rudy Payan would get an interception for El Paso High and it would set up a two yard run by Rojero making it 30-12 El Paso. Clint would add a touchdown pass with less than a minute remaining for the final margin of 30-20.