Queens 8B holds off Miller in wild season opener 34-31
Miller Intermediate scored 12 points in the final 90 seconds of the contest but it wasn’t enough as the Queens Intermediate eighth-grade B football team held on for a wild 34-31 season-opening win over the Falcons at Hornets Field Monday.
The storm-delayed season openers for the Pasadena ISD intermediate school eighth-grade teams saw outstanding games by a pair of Hornets and a pair of Falcons.
For Queens, Angel Gomez scored three touchdowns and rushed for 184 yards, while Noah Recio rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns.
For Miller, Nathaniel Morales scored three touchdowns and accumulated a whopping 295 all-purpose yards, including a fumble recovery that went for a 90-yard scoop-and-score. D’Zavion Thompson tacked on two touchdowns, including the team’s final one when he stripped a Queens player of the ball and scored, creating the final score.
Gomez used his first touchdown, a 47-yard romp to create a 13-6 Hornets advantage. Then just before halftime, Gomez went over 100 yards for the afternoon when he scored from 25 yards outs. Recio added the PAT to make it 27-13 at the break.
Then when Gomez scored from 36 yards out, capping his 184-yard day, the Hornets were coasting 34-19 after a Recio PAT run to the end zone.
But no sooner had the celebration quieted down that’s when Morales 90 yards for his final touchdown. The PAT failed, but on the ensuing kickoff, Thompson snatched the football from a Hornet and never broke stride, traveling the short distance for the touchdown.
Recio scored Queens’ first touchdown on a 14-yard run, opening the second quarter with a 14-yard touchdown run, before Gomez scored the point-after to make it 20-6.
Two touchdown leads were very fragile this day because two plays into Miller’s next possession, Thompson was motoring 82 yards for his first touchdown of the new season.
The stars of the day would have posted even greater numbers had penalties not derailed some terrific runs.
Recio would have gone over 100 yards for the day had a 44-yard run of his not been called back. Recio also had a 27-yard run wiped off the board in the second quarter because of an infraction.
As one can tell by the final score, there wasn’t much defense but Queens’ Carlos Beltran had the closest thing to a big defensive play when he intercepted a pass just as the Falcons were perched on the Hornets 30-yard line and threatening to tie the game.
Next week, Queens 8B opposes Jackson at Veterans Memorial Stadium and Miller travels to Southmore Intermediate.