Sunnyside quarterback Sammy
Olivas dodges the Mountain View pressure during a passing
situation Friday night. Olivas completed 6 of 13 passes
for 147 yards and one touchdown against Mountain View.
mamta popat /
Sunnyside defense steps up against Mtn. View
Devils cause five turnovers in triumph
By Chris Davis
Special to the
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 10.28.2006
This is the time of the year when Sunnyside's season truly
For the Blue Devils, the regular season often seems to serve
as a tuneup for what they have been working toward since the
end of the previous season — the state playoffs.
After a businesslike 20-0 victory over Mountain View on Friday
night, the Blue Devils now find themselves facing a showdown
next week against Salpointe Catholic for the 5A Southern
But win or lose against the Lancers, the Blue Devils know a
berth in the state playoffs will follow.
Although Sunnyside remained unbeaten in the Southern Region,
it did have a tough task Friday night against Mountain View, a
squad that also finds itself in the thick of the postseason
And despite the final score, the Lions were a competitive
match for the Blue Devils.
Sunnyside coach Richard Sanchez said he expected a tight
contest from Mountain View, and he got it.
"I expected them to come out and share the ball with all their
(running) backs and try to run us over," Sanchez said.
Mountain View did just that, but the Sunnyside defense was
ready for the challenge.
The Blue Devils' defense held Mountain View to three first
downs in the game, and one of them came on a fourth-down
"Coach (Sanchez) tells us we have to prepare at the highest
level to play at the highest level," said Sunnyside defensive
back Marcus Laverty. "We think of how hard we work during the
week, and then come out here and take it out."
Laverty was the ringleader of a group of Blue Devils who
harassed Lions quarterback Ben Johnson, causing five
Offensively, Sunnyside found it tough to run on an equally
stingy Mountain View defense.
But quarterback Sammy Olivas picked apart the Mountain Lions
just enough to keep them honest, opening holes for Jovan
Stevenson and Manny Aguilar.
Stevenson rushed 25 times for 168 yards, including an 82-yard
scoring effort in the second quarter.
"I played pretty well," Stevenson said. "I saw some holes and
some reads, but my line did well, and I did what I do best."
Trailing 14-0, the Lions' best opportunity to get back into
the game came at the start of the third quarter.
That's when Dan Moore returned the opening kickoff 84 yards to
the Sunnyside 6.
But on the first play from scrimmage, Moore fumbled, and
never threatened again.
did struggle in one area. The Blue Devils were penalized 16
times for 120 yards.
had far too many penalties, and we have to do a better job at
eliminating our mistakes," Sanchez said.
game remaining in the regular season, though, Sanchez said his
team is right where it needs to be.
got a little more work to do, but I think we're going to be
fine," Sanchez said. "Our quarterback looked good and our
defense did a good job. So I think we'll be fine down the