Sunnyside's Jovan Stevenson, left,
fends off Buena Defender Jake Muasau and scores a
touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Mamta Popat /
arizona daily star
Devils prevail in high-scoring shootout
Sunnyside's Stevenson rushes for 276 yards in matchup
with Buena star
By Chris Davis
Special to the Arizona
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 10.06.2007
For all the attention paid to Friday's matchup between
Southern Arizona's top two running backs, one might have
thought Jovan Stevenson and Jamal Womble would have had a
tough time living up to the hype.
If anything, the two players could have used even more
As it turned out, it was Stevenson who had the best
The senior rushed for 276 yards and caught six passes for
102 yards to lead Sunnyside to a 56-30 win over Sierra Vista
"He did a good job," said Sunnyside coach Richard Sanchez.
"But he did what he's expected to do. We don't expect
anything less than what he did tonight."
Womble, meanwhile, did just enough to keep the Colts in the
contest until midway through the fourth quarter, and was a
thorn in Sunnyside's side the entire night with his 182
Even then, the Division I prospect said it wasn't enough to
"Another week, we've got a team on the ropes with a chance
to put them away and we don't do it," Womble said. "There
are a lot of things I could've done better tonight, but I'll
have to come back next week and make up for it."
Sunnyside's offense ran on full throttle, scoring twice on
its first four plays from scrimmage, including a 63-yard run
by Stevenson that gave the Blue Devils a 14-7 lead.
He would add another score just before the end of the first
quarter, and it looked as though the rout was on.
But the Blue Devil defense did not have an answer for Womble
or receiver Jake Muasau.
Numerous missed tackles by Sunnyside enabled the Colts to
stay in the game.
"Defensively, we're still not where we should be," Sanchez
said. "If we don't get it together real quick, the season's
going to end. We didn't wrap up and missed a lot of
Trailing 28-14 midway through the third, Muasau slipped
behind the Sunnyside defense and hauled in a 65-yard
touchdown pass to narrow the deficit to seven points.
But the Colts would get no closer.
Stevenson answered by scoring Sunnyside's next two
touchdowns on pass plays of 17 and 50 yards to put the game
"Tonight was a good experience," Stevenson said of going up
against Womble. "It was a new thing, but the better running
back came out on top."