DOUGLAS – The Walden Grove tandem of Alex Lopez to his twin brother Jordan Lopez burned the Douglas Bulldog defense for five touchdowns Friday night in a 50-3 rout that spoiled Douglas’ homecoming.
The Lopez duo waited until the second series of the game Friday to get the scoring started, when Alex completed a 61-yard TD pass to Jordan giving the Red Wolves a 6-0 lead following the missed extra point kick.
Douglas scored its only points of the game on the ensuing possession when its field goal kicker Joaquin Escalante booted the ball through the uprights making the score 6-3.
In the second quarter the Lopez to Lopez duo hooked up again for a 39-yard TD. Bradley Capen followed with a one-yard run and it was Lopez to Lopez once again this time from 21-yards out as Walden Grove led 28-3 at the intermission.
The brothers hooked up again in the third and in the fourth used their chemistry and speed to burn the Douglas defense for a 92-yard TD strike, giving the Red Wolves a 43-3 lead.
After the game Walden Grove head coach Corey Noble said he was not at all surprised by what they did.
“They’re two great players individually and they play great as a team,” he said. “What these guys did tonight doesn’t surprise me. When we’re playing our brand of football for 48 minutes I expect us to win. … It’s nice to get a win like this against a quality team.”
The brothers knew they had a good thing going all night.
“They kept going one-on-one with us tonight and every time they did I knew he was going to win,” Alex said about Jordan.
Jordan said to be able to play with his twin brother is the greatest feeling in the world.
“We are in sync almost every play,” Jordan said.
Walden Grove defensive captain Rick Avelar said he was proud of the way his defense played. Just three times is all they allowed Douglas to get into the red zone and all they got out of it was three points.
“We came out and hit them hard tonight from the start and let them know that our defensive line is one of the best,” he said. “I thought we did a good job of shutting them down.”
Friday’s regional win was the second straight for Walden Grove, who move to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in region, who gets ready for another regional showdown this Friday night at home against Pueblo.