Mike Smith heads upfield past Tucson High defenders.
Sunnyside went on to win 26-14 in the 5A South game.
A strong passing performance by Sunnyside's QB helps the squad stop Tucson High.
Sunnyside High's young football team continues to grow
The juniors dominated as the visiting Blue Devils
rebounded from a 28-point spanking by Mesa Mountain View last week to
turn back Tucson High 26-14 last night.
The game marked the start of Class 5A South Region
action for the teams. The Blue Devils, who rode a strong passing
performance by junior quarterback Sammy Olivas, improved to 1-0 in
region play, 3-3 overall.
Tucson High fell to 1-5 overall and 0-1 in the region.
"In the first couple of games, I was out there
thinking too much, not relaxing and being comfortable," Olivas said.
In his best outing this season, Olivas hit 6 of 10
throws for 184 yards and a touchdown. He burned the Badgers for three
tosses of more than 20 yards.
His biggest throw of the evening proved decisive. With
Sunnyside leading 19-7, Olivas spotted halfback Jovan Stevenson racing
loose on a deep swing pattern on the first play of the fourth
Olivas laced a deep throw between two Badgers.
Stevenson grabbed it and sprinted for a 69-yard touchdown.
The score put Sunnyside back in control after Tucson
High had cut the 19-0 Blue Devils' lead in the third quarter to 19-7 on a
2-yard run by halfback Estevan Leyva with 1:12 left in the period.
"We came to play today. We do not want to lose anymore," Sunnyside defensive end Alex Lucero said.
Tucson High linebacker Eddie Daniel, a senior,
suffered an apparent neck injury early in the third quarter while trying
to make a tackle. He was taken to Tucson Medical Center by ambulance
for examination. The game was delayed 25 minutes.