Sunnyside running back
Jovan Stevenson eludes would-be tacklers during a 59-yard
TD run that gave the Blue Devils the win. Stevenson
finished with 200 yards on 24 carries.
One victory away
Stevenson rushes for 200 yards; Sunnyside reaches 5A DII title
Jovan Stevenson answered the call.
result, the Sunnyside High School football team is moving on
in the state playoffs.
Devils topped Tempe Marcos de Niza 21-14 Friday night in a
Class 5A Division II semifinal contest at Flowing Wells High.
in my friend Patrick Medina's eyes. He is a senior wide
receiver, and he said, 'Lets go,' " said Stevenson,
Sunnyside's star running back. "I told him, 'I am here with
ran for 200 yards on 24 attempts to push No. 2 seed Sunnyside
(11-2) into the state title game next Saturday against No. 1
seed Peoria Centennial (13-0). The games starts at 5 p.m. in
Glendale, at the new University of Phoenix Stadium.
Stevenson, a junior, had an electrifying 59-yard touchdown run
in the third quarter that turned out to be the deciding points
against the pesky No. 11-seeded Padres.
open field over there and I took it, and nobody was catching
me," Stevenson said.
thrilled the Sunnyside fans when he slashed through the
Padres' defensive front on a first-and-10 from the Blue
Devils' 41 with 3:36 left in the third, and then made a
big-time cutback across the field to get into the end zone.
The run put the Blue Devils up 21-7.
ended an improbable run for Marcos de Niza, which entered the
playoffs with a 4-6 record but knocked off two higher-seeded
opponents to make the semifinals.
very proud of the boys. They played unbelievably hard," said
Padres coach Roy Lopez.
Padres (6-7) took an early lead, going 70 yards after a punt.
Harrison Evans put the Padres on the scoreboard with a 22-yard
touchdown run. Harrison had a stellar night. He rushed for 123
yards on 21 carries and caught six passes for 108 yards.
Devils scored the next 21 points, before Marcos de Niza scored
the final points on a run by quarterback David Viel early in
Sunnyside's defense, led by Jose Herrera and Zach Holmes,
snuffed out the Padres' final drives, as the Blue Devils
forced the ball to be turned over twice on downs in the final
defense played pretty good, but our offensive did a pretty
good job putting 21 points on the scoreboard," Sunnyside coach
Richard Sanchez said.
scored its first two touchdowns with a 12-yard scoring pass
from Sammy Olivas to Stevenson, and a 9-yard pass from Olivas
came out, and we played pretty good. We made some mistakes,
but Jovan (Stevenson) made up for them with his big runs,"
offensive tackle Issac Villa said.