Sunnyside's Jovan Stevenson is stopped by Rincon/University Ian Theel [83] in the first quarter.

Rangers unable to slow Devils

Tucson Citizen

The past two weeks have been tough on Sunnyside High School, but Friday's shutout victory over Rincon/University ended the regular season on a positive note.

Quarterback Jamie Valdez started for Sunnyside (8-2, 1-2) after sitting out last week's loss to Ironwood Ridge. He completed 8 of 10 passes for 110 yards and ran for one touchdown. Coach Richard Sanchez said Valdez was cleared to play less than two hours before the game.

Sunnyside's defense highlighted the lopsided win by scoring twice and blocking four punts. Rincon ends the season with a 4-6 overall record, 0-3 in the 5A Southern-B Region.

Up 7-0 at halftime, Sunnyside had three scores in the third quarter, including two touchdown runs by running back Jovan Stevenson.

"(My game) wasn't exactly what I wanted to happen but it got the job done," Stevenson said. "Everybody's counting us out already so we tried to make a statement."

Sanchez congratulated his defense but said his team has to play better if it wants to make a return trip to the Class 5A Division II state title game.

"It's a whole lot better going into the playoffs with a win, but we still got a lot of work to do," Sanchez said.

Sunnyside bounces back