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September 8, 2013
The the annual battle for "The Cleat", there was no shortage of effort left on the field as Chaparral traveled to Eldorado for the next installment of the rivalry series. Both teams are still in the process of rebuilding their storied history and this game sets the tone for 2013.
Early in the game, the Sun Devils started off with an impressive drive but several penalties kept them out of the end zone as they constantly offset positive plays with negative penalties.
Eldorado coming away with zero points seemed to allow the Cowboys to regain their footing in the game as they moved toward being more physical and controlling the clock out of the double wing.
The first half 0-0 stalemate gave way to a much more exciting second half.
Chaparral would strike first when Seitu Wyche slipped off the right side for a 10-yard score. A two-point conversion would give the Cowboys an 8-0 lead with 5:45 left in the third quarter.
That lead would be short lived as Enrique Mendez would take 12 seconds to cover 90-yards on the ensuing kick return. Opting to kick, the Cowboys would maintain an 8-7 lead into the fourth quarter.
With the more wide open offense, the Sun Devils found a way to move in the power position minutes into the fourth quarter capping the drive with a Joshua Brown 6-yard score.
Looking to finish the job, the Sun Devils came hard in pursuit on the kick return but 86-yards later, there was another momentum shift as Chaparral's Richard Nelson would return the kick for a score tying the game at 14-14 after a sack on the two-point conversion.
Both teams would struggle for momentum from there as the clock continued ticking toward a trip to overtime. Eldorado's wide open offense looked to get another shot at scoring with the clock ticking down to 43-seconds left and the Cowboys held to fourth and long but space off the right side would allow Justin Alpha to sprint 34-yards untouched into the end zone giving Chaparral a 20-14 lead with just 34-seconds on the clock.
The Sun Devils would try in vain with Brown nearly connecting on a hail mary pass as the time ticked off the clock but Chaparral would find themselves with a huge win as they bounced back from a surprising opening loss to Pahrump Valley.