Sunnyside High School's Manny Aguilar (top right) runs into a wall of defenders in the second quarter against Tucson High.

RENEE BRACAMONTE / Tucson Citizen

Blue Devils roll to easy victory


Tucson Citizen
Sunnyside 40, Tucson High 0

Sunnyside High School found a new weapon in running back Manny Aguilar on Friday night as the Blue Devils broke a two-game losing streak by beating Tucson High 40-0 in a Class 5A South game.

Aguilar, replacing the injured Jovan Stevenson, ran for touchdowns of 14 and 34 yards and racked up 212 yards on 26 carries in Sunnyside's homecoming game.

Turning point: A mainstay of the Blue Devils' offense this year, wide receiver Alex Leon scored three times, twice on passes from quarterback Jamie Valdez that rocked Tucson High (0-6, 0-1) in the first quarter.

Leon had a stretching, fingertip catch on a touchdown play that went 55 yards on the Blue Devils' first possession.

Notable: Sunnyside's Zach Holmes recovered a Marc Damon fumble on the 14-yard line that led to a touchdown by Aguilar, giving the Blue Devils a 28-0 halftime lead.

Key stat: Sunnyside outgained Tucson High 461-79.

Quotable: "(Manny Aguilar) played great tonight," said Sunnyside coach Richard Sanchez, whose team boosted its record to 4-2.

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