Borja, Coleman Star in Queen Creek’s Homecoming Win

2 years ago Andrew Luberda 0

Running backs Dylan Borja and Dante Coleman each had long touchdown runs in top-ranked Queen Creek’s 40 – 14 Homecoming victory over visiting Mesquite last Friday night.

“After tough game last week, I thought our kids came out quick this week,” Queen Creek head coach Travis Schureman said after the region opener for both teams. “We played tough, I thought we played physical tonight. Mesquite is a tough football team, so we’re happy.”

Dylan Borja (8) runs outside the Mesquite defense during last Friday’s game.

Borja, a junior, ran for a season-high 210 yards on 18 carries, including an 87-yard touchdown that increased the Bulldogs’ lead to 20 – 0 with 4:38 remaining in the first half.

Queen Creek opened the game’s scoring on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Devin Larsen to junior receiver Ryan Dobbs. Larsen threw for 164 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 11-of-15 passing. Dobbs finished with three receptions and a game-high 53 yards.

The Bulldogs totaled 458 yards – 164 passing and 294 rushing – on just 44 offensive plays.

“It was good to be balanced,” Schureman said about the Bulldog’s offense. “Devin was efficient tonight. He didn’t throw a whole bunch but he didn’t really have to.”

Already leading 6 – 0, the Bulldogs increased their lead following Coleman’s 44-yard second-quarter touchdown run. The senior rushed for 66 yards on three carries. He also had six tackles on defense, including four for loss, and combined with junior linebacker Armando Orona for a sack.

“The offensive line blocked great,” Coleman said about his scoring play. “The wide receivers – I wouldn’t have scored without them blocking down field.”

Following a safety on a Wildcats’ punt snap that went out of the end zone, Larsen capped off a three-play drive with his second scoring toss of the game, a 28-yard pass to senior Garrett Duke.

The Bulldogs’ defensive unit started the game on the field for the first time this season. Senior defensive back Addison Udall ended the Wildcats’ opening drive with his first interception of the season.

Jon Matuzak and Danny Marshall led the team with 11 and nine tackles, respectively.

After allowing 28 points a week ago, the Queen Creek defense was back to being stingy, giving up a lone touchdown in the closing seconds of the first half on Friday. The Wildcats added a meaningless touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Garrett Duke (19) returned a punt for a touchdown, but it was called back on a penalty.

“We gave up four or five big plays in the passing game last week,” Schureman answered when asked about the defensive performance. “For us to be able to settle in and make plays was awesome.”

The Bulldogs improved to 7 – 0 with their three-remaining regular-season games against San Tan Region foes. The victory was a good start to the region season, especially with this Friday’s road contest versus No. 12-ranked Campo Verde (6-1) looming.

“We definitely wanted to show out tonight,” said Duke, who had a 69-yard punt return nullified by a penalty. “We knew it our first region game and it was Homecoming.”

Kickoff for Friday’s game in Gilbert is scheduled for 7 p.m.