The County Line Preps Scoreboard
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Queen Creek Remains Undefeated
The Queen Creek football team improved to 4 – 0 following a 35 – 3 victory at Boulder Creek last Friday night.
Looks can be deceiving, however.
The score indicates a strong showing by the Bulldogs, but it wasn’t up to par, according to head coach Travis Schureman.
“Average,” Schureman answered when asked what he thought about his team’s performance against the Jaguars. “We did some good things – we came out fast – but then we were sloppy toward the middle of the game.”
“We had a lot of penalties and some other things that are uncharacteristic,” he continued. “Those are things we’re going to have to clean up and do better going forward.”
Junior running back Dylan Borja rushed for 105 yards on 15 carries and a pair of touchdowns in the win. Quarterbacks Devin Larsen and Cal Hedrick each added rushing scores.
Larsen, who returned after missing the game against Tucson Sahuaro due to injury, threw for 200 yards and a touchdown against Boulder Creek.
The Bulldogs’ defense had perhaps its best game to date, allowing its fewest points in a game this season.
Senior linebacker Dante Coleman led Queen Creek with 10 tackles. Addison Udall and Jon Matuzak each finished with nine.
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Udall (3), Coleman (1), Rafael Aldecoa (2) and Armando Orona (1) combined for seven sacks.
“It’s playing well,” said Schureman, referring to his defensive unit. “The kids are flying to the football, playing physical football, and we’re happy with the progress they’re making, but it’s not going to get any easier. Each week is going to be a bigger challenge.”
Up next: Deer Valley at Queen Creek on Friday, Sept. 15. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Huge Quarter Propels Poston Butte to Win
The Poston Butte football team used a 21-point second quarter to propel itself to a 37 – 26 victory at Glendale last Friday night.
After ending the first quarter with a 3 – 0 lead, the Broncos opened a 24 – 6 lead at halftime, thanks to a pair of rushing touchdowns by quarterback Connor McDonald, another from running back Larry Tripp, and three PAT’s by Zack Piwniczka.
The Broncos led 30 – 14 following McDonald’s third rushing score of the game, which came in the third quarter.
Glendale closed to within four points with about 10 minutes remaining in the game, but Tripp sealed the Broncos’ second-straight win with his second touchdown of the game on a 37-yard run.
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The Broncos rushed for 416 yards against the Cardinals, including 209 from McDonald and 118 more from Tripp.
Seniors Tyler Thompson and Rene Cervantez led the Broncos’ defense with 15 and 11 tackles, respectively.
The Broncos appear to have found their groove.
“Teenagers play the game so it’s all about momentum; within each game and throughout the season,” Poston Butte head coach Dain Thompson said after the game. “I do believe we are building confidence. We will continue to play to our strengths and work to improve our weaknesses.”
Up next: Vista Grande at Poston Butte on Friday, Sept. 15. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Susel helps Gophers Stay Unbeaten
A week after his five-touchdown performance earned him Player of the Week recognition, Florence senior Nolan Susel rushed for 234 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Gophers’ 34 – 13 victory against visiting Valley Christian last Friday night.
The Gophers are now 3 – 0 on the season.
Susel, who also had an interception on defense, opened the game’s scoring with his first touchdown of the game. He later added his second score in the third quarter.
Senior quarterback Jared Wood threw for 331 yards, including 235 of them to senior receiver Shane Mathis. Sophomore Joshua Maignan was on the receiving end of Wood’s lone scoring toss.
“We had a great start,” Gophers head coach Scott Howard said after the game, which had its start delayed by weather. “We handled the weather delay well but then we got sloppy on execution.”
After leading 14 – 7 at halftime, the Gophers outscored the Trojans 20 – 6 in the second half.
“I like how our team responded in the second half,” Howard said. “Our offensive line took over the game and our defense continues to get better.”
Senior Nikolas Arnold led the Gophers with 11 tackles.
Mathis, Susel and Maignan each had interceptions in the game.
Up next: Blue Ridge at Florence on Friday, Sept. 15. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Combs Defeats Bradshaw Mountain for First Win
The Combs football team rebounded from a pair of lopsided losses by defeating Bradshaw Mountain 28 – 17 in Prescott last Friday night for its first win of the season.
For the second-straight week, the Coyotes scored their first touchdown on a defensive play.
Senior Roy Anderson returned a Bears’ fumble 60 yards for a touchdown. Senior defensive back Nick Howland nearly had his second pick-six in as many games, returning an interception, on fake field goal attempt, 90 yards to set up another Yotes’ touchdown.
“Our offense has put our defense in some tough situations so far this season,” Combs head coach Travis Miller told County Line Preps. “Our defense has been coming through and really has been playing great.”
Senior quarterback Junior Loggins, who has shared time with sophomore Trey Buck, had his best game to date against the Bears, throwing for 145 yards on 9-of-15 passing. Perhaps even better than those numbers were his number of turnovers.
“Slowly but surely we’re finding our identity,” Miller said. “We’ve had improvements every week. We’ve had fewer turnovers and fewer mistakes.”
Miller said he will stick with his two-quarterback system, at least until the start of region play, when he hopes to identify one guy to lead the Yotes’ offense.
Junior running back Sonatane Taunima led Combs with 113 rushing yards in addition to a touchdown run.
Howland, who had a team-high four receptions, was one of six Coyotes’ receivers to record a catch in the game.
Anderson, Howland and Zeke Sanchez each had seven tackles in the win.
Up next: Combs at Seton Catholic on Friday, Sept. 15. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Ben Franklin Dominates ASU Prep
The Benjamin Franklin football team won its third-straight game last Friday night, defeating an undermanned ASU Prep team, 63 – 0.
The Chargers were almost exclusively one-dimensional against the Sun Devils, attempting only two passes and completing one for a 24-yard touchdown.
It was the rushing game that excelled instead, totaling 307 yards, including 85 by senior Spencer Lawes and 86 by sophomore Zach Jefferies, who also rushed for one of the Chargers’ six rushing touchdowns. Cade Macafee (1), Chandler Miles (2), Sean Crandall (1) and Brandon Teuscher accounted for the others.
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It was also Jefferies on the receiving end of quarterback Chase Adams’ scoring throw.
“I thought we did a really good job of playing solid all the way around,” Benjamin Franklin head coach Dave Jefferies told County Line Preps.
Benjamin Franklin scored in the other phases of the game – special teams and defense.
Senior Seth Hamblin returned an interception for a pick-six and Chandler Miles returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
Crandall was a perfect 9-for-9 on PAT’s.
The Chargers’ defense totaled five tackles-for-loss in addition to a pair of sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery by Macafee, who also had one of the two picks.
“We played Chargers football,” Jefferies said. “We didn’t cough up the football, we took care of the football, and we executed really well on offense.
“Defensively, we just played solid,” he added. “It was just an all-around great performance by everybody.”
Up next: Benjamin Franklin at Valley Christian on Friday, Sept. 15. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.