Sunnyside High School's
Jovan Stevenson rushed for 86 yards on 17 carries against
Defense leads way as Blue Devils win
The Sunnyside High School football team's defense did not give
Avondale Westview hurled its power-running attack straight
into the heart of Sunnyside's vaunted defensive unit Friday
night and was bounced from the Class 5A-Division II playoffs.
some tough fighters. Our kids are in good condition," said
Sunnyside coach Richard Sanchez, whose team won 13-3.
The No. 2
seed Blue Devils will play No. 11 Tempe Marcus Niza in a
semifinal game at 7 Friday night at Flowing Wells High.
Niza defeated defending state champ North Canyon 13-10 Friday
Devils limited the Knights to 118 yards rushing a week after
Westview ripped visiting Marana Mountain View for 422 yards on
the ground in a 35-19 win.
has been able to handle our running attack like that before,"
Westview halfback Nate Jones said.
ran the football a bruising 43 times and attempted to pass on
only six occasions. The Knights completed four passes for 28
capitalized on a fumbled snap by Knights quarterback Albert
Lizarraga in the first quarter to get on the scoreboard first.
Devils' defense recovered the fumble at the Sunnyside 45.
quarterback Sammy Olivas then guided a 55-yard drive that the
Blue Devils capped with a 4-yard scoring run by junior
halfback Jovan Stevenson in the first minute of the second
cut the lead to 7-3 by halftime, thanks to a 39-yard field
goal by Adam Garcia midway through the second quarter.
forced the Knights to punt on the first offensive drive of the
boot from punter Brian Conley allowed Sunnyside to take over
the ball at the Knights' 35.
plays later, Olivas powered his way into the end zone from the
1-yard line on a quarterback sneak to end the scoring. A big
completion from Olivas to senior wide receiver Anthony Aguilar
on fourth-and 12 from the Knights' 18 kept the drive alive.
"I had to
get that pass because we needed to score," said Olivas, who
connected on 7 of 11 throws for 58 yards.
controlled the clock with the running of Stevenson and reserve
halfback Marco Villacana, who took over for the junior
scatback when a sprained left ankle forced him from the game
in the third quarter.
led all rushers with 86 yards on 17 attempts. Villacana logged
56 yards on 11 carries.
expects another physical challenge next week. The Blue Devils
start only one player on the defensive front who weighs more
than 205 pounds.
be more of the same. We are looking for another battle,"