Sunnyside's Jovan Stevenson (3)
gets past Phoenix Goldwater defenders.
(5) SUNNYSIDE 16 (12) B. GOLDWATER 3
Stevenson shines for Sunnyside
Great players are at their best when the chips are down.
Sunnyside was struggling on both offense and defense Friday
in a Class 5A Division II playoff game. Then Blue Devils
running back Jovan Stevenson put on his Superman suit and
helped lead his team to a 16-3 win over visiting Phoenix
"We told him at halftime that we were going to need more out
of him," Sunnyside offensive coordinator Glenn Posey said.
The Blue Devils (9-2) got a 4-yard touchdown run by
Stevenson in the first quarter and a 53-yard score by the
senior with 4:08 left to go.
"This game was kind of like practice for me," Stevenson
said. "In practice, I am expected to make plays.
"I owe it to my line. I love them to death. My fullback
(Luis Acuna), I love him to death. He led me through the
On defense, sophomore Alfred Leon helped save the day with
two interceptions, including one in the end zone.
He was called up to the varsity squad just two weeks ago.
The Blue Devils pounded out 246 yards on the ground and held
Goldwater to 129 total yards.
The victory by the No. 5 Blue Devils set up a rematch
against Ironwood Ridge next week.
The No. 4-seeded Nighthawks beat Sunnyside 15-14 two weeks