No Place Like Home: Queen Creek Defeats Skyline, 55 – 25

3 months ago Andrew Luberda 0

There’s no place like home for the Queen Creek football team.

In three home games so far, the Bulldogs (4 – 1) have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 169 – 47, including last Friday night’s lopsided 55 – 25 victory over Skyline (1 – 4).

Many of the 47 points scored against Queen Creek have come after the defensive starters were replaced with the games’ outcomes already determined. The Bulldogs held leads of 44 – 0, 28 – 6, and 48 – 0 against Westwood (61 – 0), Mountain View (53 – 22) and Skyline (55 – 25), respectively.

“Just the coaches helping us prepare every week, offensively and defensively,” senior two-way starting lineman Christian Fuhrman answered when asked about Queen Creek’s consistency at home this season. “I feel like when we have a good practice mentally and physically, we’ve came out and dominated.”

In last Friday’s win, the Bulldogs’ defense was stifling, limiting a Coyotes’ rushing attack that entered the game averaging more than 200 yards per game to only 108. Additionally, Queen Creek forced several three-and-outs while holding the Coyotes scoreless until Aaron Wood’s third-quarter touchdown run.

“Coach Adams prepared us very well,” Fuhrman said about the Bulldogs’ first-year defensive coordinator. “(Skyline) didn’t run anything that we hadn’t seen or surprised us.”

Senior quarterback Devin Larsen ran for a touchdown and threw for three more – all in the first half – including an 80-yard hookup with senior receiver Ryan Dobbs on the final play of the first quarter that increased the Bulldogs’ lead to 27 – 0.

The Bulldogs scored touchdowns on their first six possessions of the game and could’ve made it seven straight if not for the end of the first half. Trey Reynolds, Dylan Borja, Rafael Aldecoa, and Jared Gillies, in addition to Larsen and Dobbs, all reached the endzone before halftime, accounting for the 41 – 0 lead at the break.

“We’ve come together as an offense,” Aldecoa said. “We’re all firing on one cylinder and everyone is (doing well) at the same time.”

As good as Queen Creek has been, it’s only midway through the regular season, which leaves plenty of time to get better.

“We have a long way to go and a lot of things to work on,” head coach Travis Schureman said. “These last five [upcoming] games are against all tough teams. It’s going to take everything we can handle to play with those teams, so we need to get better. If we rest on our laurels, then we won’t get the results we want.

“We’re happy to be 4 – 1,” he added. “We’re looking forward to region play and seeing what we can do.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

Birthday boy: Tight end Rafael Aldecoa’s first-quarter 10-yard touchdown reception was his second in as many weeks, and it came on his birthday.

Aldecoa, who suffered an ankle injury in the four-team scrimmage at Higley a week before the season opener, was less than 100 percent in the Bulldogs’ first three games, when he caught seven passes for 60 yards with a touchdown. In the last two, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior has eight catches for 95 yards and two TD’s.

“I’ve finally been able to run now,” he said. “The more I’ve been able to run, the more I’ve been a bigger part of the offense.”

BB&C: Not a bad nickname for the Bulldogs’ running back trio of (Dylan) Borja, (Jace) Bond and (Dayson) Coleman.

While most were aware of Borja’s talents prior to the season – and he’s not disappointed – most were not familiar with Bond and Coleman, other than coaches and teammates. Bond was in the mix from the start of the season, and now Coleman has played his way into the rotation after rushing for 128 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries in the last two games. Against Skyline, Coleman carried the ball on every play of a 63-yard scoring drive in the third quarter. Later, he returned a pooch kick 60 yards for a touchdown.

Fast start: Any hopes that the Coyotes had of leaving Queen Creek with a victory ended early, as the Bulldogs jumped out to 27 – 0 and 41 – 0 leads, scoring TD’s on six-straight possessions. Here is the chronological list of the scoring plays:

First Quarter

Devin Larsen (12) drops back to pass during last Friday’s game. (Caitlyn Craig)

7:56 – Devin Larsen one-yard TD run.

4:25 – Trey Reynolds one-yard TD run.

1:20 – Devin Larsen 10-yard TD pass to Rafael Aldecoa.

0:05 – Devin Larsen 80-yard TD pass Ryan Dobbs.

Second Quarter

7:20 – Devin Larsen 22-yard TD pass to Jared Gillies.

3:26 – Dylan Borja two-yard TD run.

THREE STARS

Dylan Borja (8) ran for 130 yards and a TD, in addition to a 32-yard reception against Skyline. (Caitlyn Craig)

No. 3 – Dayson Coleman. 129 all-purpose yards and a pair of TD’s.

No. 2 – Dylan Borja. 130 rushing yards and a TD on 15 carries. All in the first half.

No. 1 – The Bulldogs’ starting defense, which shutout the Coyotes on the scoreboard and limited them to minimal yards on the field before being pulled in the second half.

HE SAID IT

“They’re a good football team, but we’re a good football team too, so we’ll see what happens.” – Fuhrman, looking ahead to this Friday’s game at No. 5 Mountain Pointe

UP NEXT

The No. 6 Bulldogs travel to No. 5 Mountain Pointe, which is 2 – 2 on the season under first-year head coach Rich Wellbrock, the former head coach at Desert Edge and Basha. The Pride defeated Hamilton last week, 55 – 20.

“They’ve been one of the top teams in Arizona for a long time,” Schureman said. “Coach Wellbrock does a great job. We’re excited for the opportunity to go over there and see if we can play with them.”