Sunnyside senior Chris Howard.
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Arizona Daily Star
Devils strike quickly to rout Huskies
75-yard pass from Shazier to Howard comes on first play
By Ash Friederich
SPECIAL TO THE ARIZONA DAILY STAR
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 11.14.2009
It took only 53 seconds to show why fifth-seeded Sunnyside
hasn't dropped a first-round game in the state playoffs for
the past 11 years.
Twelfth-seeded Scottsdale Horizon had no answer for
Sunnyside's passing game or receiver Chris Howard, who
caught a 75-yard pass from Perry Shazier on the first play
The Blue Devils (10-1) scored two plays later en route to
ousting the Huskies 48-7.
"We just wanted to jump on them quick," said Howard, who
finished with 195 yards on seven receptions.
"We thought taking advantage of their secondary would be a
good idea. We just made plays, good throws and good reads
and accomplished it."
Linebacker Cedric Gonzalez, who was a part of the Sunnyside
defense that held Horizon to 32 yards on the ground, said
playing hard paid off.
"We never stop and want to just keep going," he said. "We
treat every running back the same way. We don't want to give
The Blue Devils also got into the scoring when they sacked
Horizon quarterback Ryan Stanford and lineman Deomus Alva
picked up the fumble and ran 39 yards to put Sunnyside up
28-0 just before halftime.
"It was a big game, and we knew we had to get it done,"
The Blue Devils sacked Stanford six times and held him to
156 passing yards. Stanford averaged 212 yards a game coming
into the matchup.
Shazier completed nine of 12 passes accounting for 240 yards
and three touchdowns for Sunnyside. He connected with Howard
twice and once with Alfred Leon.
Horizon (5-6) broke the shutout bid in the third quarter
when Stanford, who completed 15 of 31 passes, connected with
Michael Glidden on a slant for a 47-yard TD to cut the lead