Sunnyside running back Manny Aguilar (27) carries the ball versus Tucson High.

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Stevenson has 4 TDs for Devils

Tucson High falls 41-0 but is awarded Sept. 1 win by forfeit

Tucson Citizen

Jovan Stevenson and Sunnyside came out of the gate scoring and never looked back.

Stevenson found the end zone four times - twice in the first quarter - as the host Blue Devils won 41-0.

Minutes into the game, quarterback Jamie Valdez found his favorite target of the night, Stevenson, for a 67-yard touchdown.

After Valdez scored on a 30-yard keeper, Stevenson finished off the first quarter with a 4-yard touchdown run to make it 21-0.

"I can't complain about the win," Sunnyside coach Richard Sanchez said, "but we played up and down throughout the game."

The Blue Devils held Tucson High to seven first downs and 154 yards total offense.

"We got the shutout, but we will have to play better defense as the season goes on," Sanchez said.

Stevenson, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior, caught five passes for 110 yards and two scores. He ran for 73 yards and two scores on five carries.

Joe Bass led Tucson High with 63 yards rushing on three carries.

Earlier, the Arizona Interscholastic Association awarded the Badgers a victory against North Canyon because the host Phoenix school had used an ineligible player Sept. 1.

Tucson High had lost its opener 34-6. The win ended a 17-game losing streak for the 5A Southern-A Badgers (1-4).
Sunnyside (5-0), of the 5A Southern-B, hosts Sierra Vista Buena on Friday.