La Joya Community celebrated its first-ever varsity football win over Westview Friday night, as the Lobos defeated the Knights 41-21 on senior night.
The Lobos took the lead early on an eleven-yard rush from senior back Alfred Jordan, after Westview botched the snap on a punt on its first drive.
The Knights responded by driving the ball with the run, and even took a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter.
La Joya proceeded to score 28 unanswered points, taking a double-digit lead into the halftime break. The success on offense was spurred by causing turnovers on the defensive side manufactured from further effort. The Lobos intercepted two passes, recovered two fumbles, got a stop on a fourth down conversion, all of which gave them excellent field position and chances to score.
“It was awesome for the simple fact that the more times we get to touch the ball with our offense, it’s kind of explosive,” La Joya coach Devin Dourisseau said.
Even still, Westview drove the field late in the third quarter, capping the drive with a seven-yard TD pass early in the fourth to cut the lead to just 13. However, the Lobos struck back with a brilliant offensive drive of their own.
While mostly running the ball to tick time off the clock, Valdovinos caught the Knights off guard for a 64-yard touchdown pass that increased the lead back to 20. From there, the defense continued its dominant ways, and the Lobos were able to run out the clock.
“They were running a one-high safety, and we were trying to pick on him,” Valdovinos said. “He’s not as fast as our guy, so I just tried to lead my receiver and he caught it.”
That receiver was Jordan, who also ran for three scores to go along with the lengthy reception. Dourisseau was proud of the pair’s production.
“You saw on the third down and 20 and they connected for a touchdown. Phenomenal. Both those players are special players,” Dourisseau said.
More than a few happy tears were shed as the Lobos capped off their final regular season home game with an emotional victory they believe will help their playoff chances.
“I have been a varsity starter since sophomore year, and I’ve lost to them every year. And senior night is the best night to do it,” Valdovinos said.
The Lobos (7-2) travel to Tolleson Union High (2-7) on Nov. 1 in a region matchup that is often heated regardless of team records.
A victory would be the seventh consecutive this season, and, more importantly, make La Joya feel confident heading into the late part of its 2019 campaign.
“It’s not over yet,” Valdovinos said. “We’re just getting started.”
LJC - Jordan 11 run (Conchas kick), 10:22
WV – Valentine 55 run (Malla kick), 8:42
WV – Vasko 2 run (Malla kick), 1:27
LJC – Yturralde 36 pass from Valdovinos (Conchas kick), 11:49
LJC – Ramirez 12 pass from Valdovinos (Conchas kick), 9:57
LJC – Jordan 1 run (kick blocked), 2:36
LJC – Jordan 12 run (Conchas kick), 9:06
WV – Valentine 7 pass from Vasko (Malla kick), 11:17
LJC – Jordan 64 pass from Valdovinos (Conchas kick), 9:23