Cactus Cobras top Canyon del Oro

Glendale loses first round match up
By: 
BY DARRELL JACKSON, Glendale Star Reporter

Cactus 37,Tucson Canyon del Oro, 26
Cactus scored its first of four touchdowns on big plays as the No. 7 Cactus Cobras defeated No. 10 Canyon del Oro 37-26 Nov. 2 at Cactus High School.
After falling behind 14-7 early in the second quarter, Anthony Flores broke three tackles and rumbled 60 yards for a touchdown.
Plas Johnson scored two minutes later on a 68-yard punt return and the Cobras led 22-13 at halftime.
After the Cobras’ defense stopped Canyon del Oro on a fourth down at the Cobra three-yard line, Zaach Cullop took the first snap, dropped back and lofted a 97-yard touchdown pass to Johnson in what proved to be the winning touchdown with just a little more than eight minutes left in the third quarter.
Flores rushed for 236 yards and two touchdowns and Cullop passed for 136 yards and one touchdown while rushing for 27 yards and another touchdown in the victory.
Cactus (8-3) advances to the 4A quarterfinals to play No. 2 Tucson Saguaro (10-1) 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at Saguaro High School

Tucson Sahuaro, 49 Glendale, 48
No. 4 Sahuaro battled back and held on for a 49-48 victory over No. 12 Glendale in the 4A first round playoffs Nov. 2 at Tucson Sahuaro High School.
Glendale jumped out to a 28-12 first half lead, and opened the third quarter with a rushing touchdown by Kevin Daniels that extended their lead to 35-21 with seven minutes left in the third quarter.
Sahuaro took its next possession and marched 72 yards on 11 plays, ending when Trayvion White-Austin scored on a short run to get the Cougars back within a touchdown. The Cougars would tie the game late in the third quarter on another short touchdown run by Cameron Williams.
Daniels rushed 19 times for 202 yards and six touchdowns, while Andre Neal added 202 yards on eight carries and a touchdown for the Cardinals. TJ Owens completed six of nine passes for 93 yards as the Cardinals offense pounded out 534 total yards in the loss.
Sahuaro was led by White-Austin who rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown, while Williams added 140,yards and five touchdowns in the win.
Glendale ended the season 9-2, while Sahuaro (9-2) advanced to the quarterfinals and will host No. 13 Seton Catholic Prep (8-3) 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at Tucson Sahuaro High School.  
The Cardinals ended their best season since the 1980 team finished 10-0, winning nine games and qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since 2006.
In his third season as head coach, Rob York improved his three-year record to 22-9, with his first season his worst at 5-5. Since the last time the team qualified for the playoffs in 2006, when the team finished 6-5, the Cardinals had compiled a 21-70 record in the nine years before York took over.
The offense improved this season, averaging 42.8 points a game, while the defense allowed 17.2 points per game.
Quarterback Owens completed 789 of 123 passes for 1,637 yards passing and 18 touchdowns with only one interception on the season. He also rushed for 620 yards and seven touchdowns, while Daniels led the team with 1,935 rushing yards and 38 touchdowns on the season and was the team’s top receiver with 648 receiving yards and five touchdown catches.
Andre Neal had 378 receiving yards and six touchdown receptions, while Johnny Apodaca had 328 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

 

The Glendale Star

The Glendale Star
7122 N. 59th Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85301-2436
Ph: (623) 842-6000
Fax: (623) 842-6013
Terms of Service

Email Us

Facebook

Peoria Times

Peoria Times
7122 N. 59th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85301-2436
Ph: (623) 842-6000
Fax: (623) 842-6013

Terms of Service

Email Us

Facebook

Please Login for Premium Content