Sedona Red Rock High School’s football team took on Phoenix Christian High School, ranked No. 1 in Conference 2A, losing 61-7 at home on Friday, Sept. 29.
The Scorpions [0-6, 0-2] got on the board in the third quarter, scoring just the third touchdown the Cougars [6-0, 2-0] have given up all season.
“I thought we got our butts kicked,” Scorpions head coach Tom Miller said. “They were very good. We knew they were going to be very tough.”
Phoenix Christian scored on each of its first five possessions to open a 41-0 lead with 9:12 left in the second quarter. Its fourth score came when Cougars sophomore linebacker Nathaniel Sandoval burst through the line and returned a shovel pass 22 yards.
“We made it easier on them,” Miller said. “They didn’t need any help but we helped them anyway.”
Red Rock junior defensive end Thomas Zielinski recovered a fumble on the visitors’ next possession, but the offense was forced to punt.
The Cougars linemen got into the backfield throughout, pressuring Brown into lofted throws or stifling the run option. Offensively they provided their quarterback, senior Hunter Cole, enough time to find his receivers or holes for senior running back Corey Leary to run through.
Things settled down in the second half, which Phoenix Christian won 14-7.
Scorpions junior wide receiver Evan Favorite caught a touchdown pass in the red zone to end the shut out in the third quarter.
“We’ve got to get our guys back and go back to work and that’s all you can do,” Miller said. “That’s all I know how to do is go back to work and get better in some way.”
Stat of the Game
Red Rock had ball possession for six and a half minutes in the first quarter but fumbled it away twice and was intercepted once.
Second Stat of the Game
Phoenix Christian ran just 15 offensive plays during the first quarter.
Senior Javi Pacheco, the team’s original starting quarterback and main catalyst of the offense, sat out after suffering a severe left ankle injury on Sept. 8 but did play some on Sept. 22. It remains to be seen how much action Pacheco will see the rest of the season.
The Scorpions resume Central Region play at
7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, on the road against Paradise Honors High School [2-3, 1-1], at the Odyssey for Advanced International Studies, before enjoying a bye the following week.
Friday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m.
@ Paradise Honors High School
@ Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies
Friday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m.
@ Tonopah Valley High School
Friday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.
Senior Night & Verde Valley Rivalry Game
vs. Camp Verde High School