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VALE — West Lincoln opened the 2012 high school football season with a 13-10 win over the Chase Trojans in nonconference action on Friday.
The Rebels were looking to get off to a fast start this year, and were able to move the football at will on the back of junior fullback Daniel Davila, who carried the ball for 139 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Chase opened the game with a long drive, but stalled out at the West Lincoln 20-yard line and the Rebels forced a 26-yard field goal from Chase’s Omar Jiminez as the first quarter ended. West Lincoln wasted little time getting on the board, and on the next possession went on a 16-yard drive that was capped when Corey Smith found Clay Alguire out of the back field for a 16-yard touchdown.
Chase was also up to the task, and answered the West Lincoln score with an 11-play drive featuring a 51-yard run by Tyrell Boykins. Boykins took a 7-yard run into the end zone to give the Trojans the lead back with seven minutes left in the second quarter.
Both defenses settled in and forced each other to turn the ball over on downs or were able to find some way to come up with a fumble or a big play for their defenses in the third quarter. West Lincoln’s Adam Helms and Andres Gonzalez recovered fumbles for the West Lincoln line in crucial situations. Near the end of the third quarter West Lincoln’s running game finally began to click, and on the game-winning drive the Alguire broke loose for a 46-yard gain to set up the final score. Davila finished it off to open the fourth quarter with a 5-yard run, and with the Ivan Calvillo kick the Rebels led by three points with 11:18 to play.
West Lincoln’s defense then forced two fumbles in the last minutes to give them the ball back and they attempted to run out the clock. The Rebel offense ate up five minutes of the clock and gave the ball back to Chase with 1:28 and no time outs. A Boykins fourth-down pass attempt fell harmlessly to the ground, and the Rebels secured their first victory of the 2012 season.