Paz run KO's Eagles

Eagle's running back Mike Gamboa (30) feels the pressure (literally) at the bottom of a Nyssa pile four yards away from an eventual Joseph touchdown. Clayton Lowe (64) adds some valuable support. Photo by Kim Lamb

The Joseph football team, which has never defeated Nyssa, had hoped to finally put a mark in the win column against the Bulldogs on Friday night.

That scenario would not come to pass as the Bulldogs came out on top in the end, defeating Joseph 42-32.

Nyssa quarterback Trent Holcomb threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns on the night to lead the Bulldogs.

Joseph jumped out to their only lead of the game on a QB keeper by Kyle Hook late in the first quarter 6-0.

Nyssa answered at the 10:07 mark of the second on a 40-yard pass from Holcomb to Jeff Wong to tie the contest at 6-6.

Nyssa's defense blocked an Eagles punt midway through the quarter giving the Bulldogs excellent field position on the JHS 20. Holcomb found Rigo Paz with a 20-yard floater two plays later for the score. Holcomb crossed the line on the conversion, giving the Bulldogs a 14-6 edge.

Eagle defensive lineman Tristan Patton forced a Holcomb fumble with 5:13 remaining in the first half setting up Joseph's second score of the game.

Randall Eschler picked up the loose ball, heading to the end zone 14-12.

Holcomb returned the favor by grabbing a Joseph pass late in the first half and scooting 37 yard for the score, putting Nyssa on top 22-12 at the midway point of the game.

The Nyssa defense had the Eagles pinned with a fourth and long on the Bulldogs 33 early in the third period. Hook rolled out throwing a bullet to Tristan Gorsline which moved the chains to the Nyssa 19. Hook carried the ball in for the score on a nine-yard jaunt three plays later, pulling JHS within four at 22-18.

Nyssa widened the gap with 5:08 remaining in the third period as Rigo Paz scored from three yards out, upping their lead to 28-18.

Joseph pulled to within two late in the third on an end around. Hook's successful conversion made it anybody's game at 28-26.

Holcomb connected with Mitch Holliday early in the fourth for the TD on fourth and ten, giving Nyssa a 34-26 cushion.

Joseph fought back, closing the gap midway through the fourth quarter on a 14 yard run by Tanner Stewart, cutting Nyssa's lead to 34-32.

Nyssa threw the knockout punch moments later on a 73 yard score by Paz who outran the Eagles defense. Nyssa went for two for the 42-32 final.

"We're not a passing team," said JHS coach Rusty Eschler. " Once they got us out of our comfort zone we ran into problems," he added.

Score by quarter

Nyssa: 0 22 6 14=42

Joseph: 6 6 14 6=32

Rushing: Nyssa: Paz 4/94 - 2 TD; Hartley 7/23; Cummings 8/28; Holcomb 9/10 - 2 fumbles; Hernandez 2/8. Joseph: Eschler 14/46; Gamboa 10/29 - 1 fumble; Hook 7/2 - 2 TD, 1 fumble; Stewart 12/90 2 TD. Passing: Nyssa: Holcomb 9/18/200 - 3 TD. Joseph: Hook 5/13/92, 1-Int. Receiving: Nyssa: Holliday 6/131 - 1TD; Wong 2/50 - 1TD; Paz 1/19 - 1TD. Joseph: Gorsline 1/16, Eschler 3/24, Gamboa 1/52.

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