Buena sophomore quarterback
Taylor Stone is sacked by Sunnyside's Rocky Samorano
during second-quarter action at Sunnyside.
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Arizona Daily Star
Buena's fill-in QB has tough debut
Sunnyside RB Stevenson tops 300-yard mark
By Peter J. Stevenson
Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 10.14.2006
One could say that the player who had the greatest impact in
Sunnyside's 55-18 victory over Sierra Vista Buena on Friday
never set foot on the field.
Devin Veal, the Colts' starting quarterback, was serving his
one-game suspension after being ejected from last week's loss
against Mountain View.
This season he has led the Colts with 482 passing yards and
also has posted 262 rushing yards.
His suspension forced sophomore Taylor Stone to take over the
reins at quarterback.
At first, it seemed as if Buena (4-3, 0-2 5A Southern Region)
would not miss Veal's leadership too much. Stone rocketed a
ball to wide receiver Manumalo Muasau for an 81-yard scoring
It was Stone's first pass on the varsity team and gave the
Colts a 6-0 lead with 10:30 left in the first.
Stone said the pass was just a quarterback read and part of
the instinct that had been ingrained in him during last
"He was wide open, so I just let it go," he said.
But the Colts' joy, like their lead, would be short-lived.
Only 25 seconds later, Blue Devils running back Jovan
Stevenson burst down the right side 36 yards for the first of
his three touchdowns. He finished with 313 yards on 19
The score was set up after Patrick Medina returned the kickoff
61 yards to the Colts' 36- yard line.
Sunnyside (5-2, 2-0) added to its lead with 2:05 left in the
first quarter when a 58-yard scamper by Stevenson brought the
ball to Buena's 10-yard line. That led to a 1-yard quarterback
sneak by Jamie Valdez that extended the Blue Devils' lead 14-6
heading into the second quarter.
But the Colts stayed close when their 15-year-old quarterback
threw a 7-yard bullet to Muasau.
The score was set up after Medina bobbled a pass into the
hands of Buena defensive back Kevin Stewart.
But Medina redeemed himself when he returned the ensuing
kickoff 84 yards to score virtually untouched, giving
Sunnyside a 20-12 lead.
Buena's defense answered with a 44-yard touchdown on an
interception return by Jared Haymore.
But Sunnyside was determined to crush any hopes Buena had of
retaking the lead.
Valdez faked a handoff to Stevenson and instead gave the ball
to tailback Alex Leon who ran 58 yards for a touchdown that
gave Sunnyside a 27-18 lead at halftime.
After the break Sunnyside got serious. Led by Stevenson's
touchdown runs of 54 yards and 36 yards in the third, the Blue
Devils extended their cushion to 23 points with a score of
41-18 heading into the fourth quarter.
"He finally ran the ball the way we've expected him to all
year," said Sunnyside coach Richard Sanchez. "He got in
his gallop. … It was obvious on the field."
Despite the loss, Veal said he was proud of his replacement's
"When he had time he threw good balls," Veal said. "All of
them were pretty much right on the money."
"He ran the offense. He did everything he could."