Sunnyside's Marques Laverty (right) takes down Flowing Wells' Eddie Canez (3). Sunnyside shut out Flowing Wells 61-0.


Sunnyside unstoppable, makes statement

Tucson Citizen

Don't get wrapped up in any possible Richard Sanchez-to-Pima rumors. Sunnyside's coach likes it just fine where he's at.

Tucson football fans may feel that Sanchez would be a good fit to fill the coaching vacancy at Pima Community College.

Once again, Sanchez has a powerful Blue Devils team, as he showed in a 61-0 win over visiting Flowing Wells (1-7, 0-3) last night in a Class 5A South Region contest.

When asked if he would ever consider leaving Sunnyside for the junior college ranks, Sanchez said he's fine where he is at.

"I am happy here, and I'm treated well here at Sunnyside," Sanchez said. "I can't leave here, because it would be too hard."

Mike Smith wasted no time as he returned the opening kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown to put Sunnyside (5-3, 3-0) up 7-0 with just 15 seconds into the game.

Smith didn't stop there, and he later scored 3-, 4- and 5-yard touchdowns.

"I don't think anybody can stop me," Smith said. "We had to make a statement tonight, and we couldn't drop down to their level."

Smith finished with 102 yards on 16 attempts.

Sunnyside capitalized on four early Flowing Wells turnovers. At the end of the first quarter, Sunnyside led 27-0.

The Blue Devils put up 413 yards of total offense, including 273 yards on the ground. Jovan Stevenson added 90 rushing yards for Sunnyside.