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August 31, 2013Tim Murphy's Clayton Valley Eagles and Justin Alumbaugh's De La Salle Spartans opening plays set the offensive game plan for both teams...run the ball.
De La Salle took advantage of their big and aggressive offensive line in the first half with two impressive touchdown runs by senior running back John Velasco. In addition, the Spartans would get a hand from their special teams. Senior defensive back Jerek Rosales put together a spectacular 97-yard TD kick return that was full of wild spins, tip toeing jukes, and amazing blocks from his teammates.
But with each Spartan touchdown came a steady touchdown rebuttal by the Eagles.
Led by the poise of senior quarterback Gabe Taylor and the aggressive running style of RB Miles Harrison, Clayton Valley's fast paced offense caught fire and started to wear down the Spartan defense. As a cohesive unit, the relentless Eagles kept their composure and calmly marched down the field to produce two phenomenal touchdown drives in the first half.
It was a continuous back and forth physical game but De La Salle kept the lead with a halftime score of 21-14.
The second half became the splitting image of the first until the Spartans fumbled the ball on their opening drive. CV readied to continue its pursuit of victory, but the De La Salle defense had other plans. After a touchdown interception by Dasmond Tautalatasi, the Eagles offensive flame was essentially extinguished.
The Spartans' stifling defense completed its mission and shut down the fast-tempo offense of Clayton Valley in the second half resulting in a 34-14 victory.