Tascosa smokes Pebble Hills in playoff opener

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Tascosa’s Joseph Plunk (5) blazes a trail for one of his four touchdowns against El Paso Pebble Hills on Friday night at Dick Bivins Stadium. [John Moore/ Press Pass Sports]

For a second straight year Tascosa came up with the same result, drubbing El Paso Pebble Hills, 41-6, in a Class 6A Division II bidistrict contest under the lights at the friendly confines of Dick Bivins Stadium.

Quarterback Joseph Plunk stole the show in the first half, rushing for four touchdowns that got the Rebels out to a 41-0 halftime advantage.

Plunk, a senior, scampered for TD runs of 49 and 80 yards, ending another fantastic night with 176 yards on 10 carries, cracking the 2,000-yard rushing mark for the season with 2,006.

Complimenting the signal caller was Darius Sanders. Sanders set up an early touchdown returning a short punt 17-yards deep into Pebble Hills territory. Toward the end of the first half, the junior scored on a 21-yard touchdown return.

Tascosa (8-3) ended the game with 362 total yards, all on the ground. The Rebels advance to the area round to face Arlington Bowie at a time and place to be determined. Bowie held off Weatherford in its bidistrict game, 42-36.

Tascosa 41, EP Pebble Hills 6

Pebble Hills 6

Tascosa 14 27 41

First Quarter

T—Parker Settle 1 run (Max Burleson kick), 9:12

T—Joseph Plunk 1 run (Burleson kick), 3:09

Second Quarter

T—Plunk 49 run (run failed), 11:50

T—Plunk 80 run (Burleson kick), 9:41

T—Plunk 6 run (Burleson kick), 4:21

T—Darius Sanders 21 fumble return (Burleson kick), 2:41

Fourth Quarter

PH—Jalen Partida 5 pass from Danny Velez (pass failed), 0:00

Pebble Hills Tascosa

First downs 13 13

Rushing 155 362

Passing 31 0

Total yards 186 362

C-A-I 6-19-0 0-2-0

Punts-Avg. 5-27.4 0-00.0

Fumbles-lost 1-1 4-4

Penalties-yards 7-47 7-65

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Pebble Hills: Sebastian Ochoa 17-88, Anthony Romero 14-25, Anthony Donacio 6-16, Partida 5-26. Tascosa: Plunk 10-176, Burleson 2-44, Settle 6-18, Chance Jones 6-28, Jaiton McMorris 2-16, Jayden Whiteside 1-17, Sanders 1-10, Anthony Tuttle 3-21, Ryan Barnett 5-20, Izik Bosquez 1-4, L’Travion Brown 1-3, Blake Anderson 2-5.

PASSING—Pebble Hills: Ochoa 5-17-0-26, Isaiah Davis 0-2-0-0, Velez 1-1-0-5. Tascosa: Plunk 0-2-0-0.

RECEIVING—Pebble Hills: Partida 2-12, Donacio 2-5, Romero 1-7, Davis 1-7. Tascosa: None.

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