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A Pair of Firsts for Broncos

The Poston Butte football team notched its first win of the season as well as the first in the career of first-year head coach Dain Thompson in a come-from-behind 35 – 21 victory at Independence last Friday night.

Trailing 21 – 7 at the half, the Broncos outscored the Patriots 28 – 0 in the second half, scoring 14 points in each of the third and fourth quarters.

After allowing 158 points in their final three games of 2016, the Broncos have surrendered only 46 points through their first two games this season, including last week’s second-half shutout.

“I’m not sure if the defense is better than last year,” Thompson told County Line Preps. “The jury is still out.”

“We have a chance to keep improving,” he continued. “I would have rather had the guys play in the first half the way they did in the second, but I’m happy that they showed up to fight, and not roll over and take it.”

Senior Tyler Thompson, who led the Broncos on defense with 14 tackles, broke a 21 – 21 tie on a rushing touchdown with 7:11 left in the game.

Senior Javier Munoz came up with his second interception of the game to setup senior quarterback Connor McDonald’s game-clinching touchdown run two minutes later.

McDonald finished with a team-high 137 rushing yards and four touchdowns – two rushing and two passing.

Munoz totaled 209 all-purpose yards, contributing in all three phases, including 69 yards rushing, 36 yards receiving, 61 kick/punt return yards, and 43 yards after interceptions.

Up next:  Poston Butte at Glendale on Friday, Sept. 8. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

 

Larsen Sits, Bulldogs Still Roll behind Hedrick’s Four TD’s

Queen Creek football head coach Travis Schureman’s decision to sit starting quarterback and Player of the Year candidate Devin Larsen as a precautionary measure last Friday night didn’t hinder the Bulldogs, who rolled to a 43 – 6 victory against visiting Tucson Sahuaro.

Junior quarterback Cal Hedrick didn’t look anything like a backup, throwing four touchdowns in his first varsity start.

“Cal is a kid who’s worked super hard,” Schureman said after the game. “He’s been doing the things he can, trying to learn our system. It was fun to see him relax and make the plays he needed to make to be successful.”

The Bulldogs dominated from the start, cruising to a 36 – 0 lead at halftime.

Hedrick threw three of his four touchdowns during the first half before adding his fourth in the third quarter on a seven-yard toss to senior tight end Jake Ayala.

Junior running back Dylan Borja scored his first touchdown of the year and finished with 101 rushing yards on 16 carries.

The Bulldogs’ defense entered the game licking its chops, knowing it had a chance to post a shutout and get some mojo going before a road game at Boulder Creek and then a home game versus top-ten Deer Valley the next two weeks.

The Cougars didn’t gain a first down until the final quarter, when they scored a meaningless touchdown in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated.

“We challenged (the defense) a little bit this week with some of the injuries,” Schureman said. “(The defensive players) came out and played. They got after it (Friday night) and dominated from the get-go. It was fun to watch.”

Up next:  Queen Creek at Boulder Creek on Friday, Sept. 8. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

 

Badgers Spoil Coyotes’ Home Opener

The Prescott football team didn’t let a long bus ride slow down its explosive offense, which put up 21 points in each of the second and third quarters on the way to a 49 – 6 rout of Combs in the Coyotes’ home opener last Friday night.

The Yotes looked good early, on defense at least, as senior defensive back Nick Howland staked his team to early 6 – 0 lead in the first quarter on a 90-yard pick-six.

That was the only highlight for the Coyotes, who were limited to less than 150 yards of total offense, including only 42 rushing yards.

After four turnovers versus Casa Grande in the season opener, the Coyotes had three more against the Badgers, leaving them a minus-six in turnover margin for the season.

“It’s hard to win a game having as many turnovers as we did,” Miller said following the loss at Casa Grande.

Ditto against Prescott.

Up next:  Combs at Bradshaw Mountain on Friday, Sept. 8. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.