Sedona Red Rock High School’s football team suffered a 60-0 defeat at Parker High School on Friday, Sept. 15.
There were problems everywhere in the Scorpions’ [0-4, 0-1] Central Region opener, who were unable to control the clock, turning the ball over five times and struggling to create solid drives.
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“We earned our share of it for sure on defense but you also give up the ball in poor field position, so the offense lends a hand there, and you’re not able to control the clock, all those things work together,” Scorpions head coach Tom Miller said. “It’s never one side or the other. It’s a whole team loss when something like that happens.”
Most of the damage was done in the first quarter, when the host Broncs opened a 32-0 lead. The Scorpions lost two fumbles during that span.
In the second quarter another lost fumble gave Parker another possession, and later an interception was returned 90 yards for a score to make it 46-0 at halftime.
Red Rock’s defense got a shutout in the final frame.
“They’re a power football team and the only hope we have is that we’re able to control the ball and control the clock,” Miller said. “If we’re not able to do that then that’s the result you get.”
Much of Red Rock’s offense through the first two-and-three-quarter games was produced through the feet and arm of senior quarterback Javi Pacheco. Pacheco suffered an injury at the end of the third quarter of the team’s game on Sept. 8.
The team had one week to regroup.
“We struggled everywhere, we sure missed the guy,” Miller said. “You go from 59 [points against Holbrook] to 0, they’re obviously a good team, but it’s a big factor.”
Without Pacheco, the offense turned to junior Jake Brown to take over under center. As it had been with Pacheco, the team ran a run option. Eventually they turned to more of a passing attack, which was also not successful due to dropped passes.
Brown’s opposite number, Broncs junior quarterback Adam Baldenegro, was five of six passing for 73 yards and a touchdown.
Parker racked up 334 yards on the ground against the Scorpions defense. Red Rock’s linemen play both offense and defense, and were put up against the Broncs’ larger, more rested linemen.
“What we didn’t do very well is block and tackle,” Miller said. “That’s what we’ve got to do, it’s all about blocking and tackling.”
Being a young team, Miller was happy with the level of competition the Scorpions showed throughout against a solid Parker team.
“They’re probably a playoff team and have a lot of experience and they’re well-coached, so I give them a lot of credit,” Miller said. “Our young guys are learning on the run and sometimes you’ve got to take your licks. There’s no mercy on Friday night.”
Stat of the game
Five Scorpion turnovers resulted in four Broncs touchdowns, a total of 31 points, all in the first half.
Red Rock continues region play when it hosts Kingman Academy High School at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22. The Tigers
[2-2] have a high-powered offense, putting up 136 points in four games, including a season-high 48 points on two separate occasions. One of those was last week, beating Verde Valley rival Camp Verde High School 48-0.
“They’re also a pretty solid football team who beat us pretty soundly last year so we’ve got our hands full, they’re not the kind of team to easily bounce back with,” Miller said. “We’re just going to try to do some things well and try to limit their opportunities and take advantage of ours.”