Phoenix Shadow Mountain's
Richard Garcia is swamped by eight Sunnyside defenders
during the Blue Devils' 49-0 victory.
Sunnyside's Stevenson gains 169 yards in
Devils' defense limits Matadors to 39 total yards
By Chris Davis
Special to the Arizona
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 09.09.2006
Sunnyside's Jovan Stevenson rushed for 134 of his game-high
169 yards in the first half Friday night as Sunnyside blanked
Phoenix Shadow Mountain 49-0.
For the second straight week, Sunnyside's defense dominated,
and Blue Devils' coach Richard Sanchez wasn't surprised.
"Defensively we're playing pretty tough," he said. "Our kids
are naturally aggressive. They want to hit, and they're flying
to the football. They're doing a good job."
Shadow Mountain learned just how tough the Sunnyside defense
The Matadors were held to 12 total yards in the first half and
39 for the game, including minus-23 on the ground.
"We're more aggressive this year," said senior linebacker Zach
"Everybody wants it and we're just flying to the ball. We just
keep each other going."
The Blue Devils offense moved the ball a total of five yards
for its for first two scores. Sunnyside's defense set up the
game's first score after forcing a fumble and recovering it on
the Shadow Mountain 4-yard line. Two plays later, Stevenson
ran it in for the first of his two touchdowns.
The second touchdown came after Shadow Mountain's center
snapped the ball over his punter's head at the 30-yard line
and it was recovered by Sunnyside on the 1. On the next play,
Luis Acuna bulled into the end zone.
Then Stevenson, a junior, began to eat up larger chunks of
yardage to help the Blue Devils pick up first downs and take a
29-0 halftime lead putting the game away in the second half.
Despite the big night, Stevenson said he still has some flaws
in his game that need to be corrected.
"I made some mistakes and dropped the ball, but I'm going to
get better at practice," he said. "I try to break the big run
all the time, but I just have to be patient."
Sophomore Manny Aguilar added 104 yards on six carries
including touchdown runs of 40 and 51 yards, both in the
Sunnyside (2-0) hosts Chandler Basha next week.
"We're always going to get better as the season progresses,"
Stevenson said. "We need to go four hard days at practice,
execute well and the fifth day, that's our payday and
hopefully we'll come out with a win."