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Sunnyside quarterback Jaime Cota (right) carries the ball as he gets pressure from two Cholla defenders during first-half action Friday night.

Roundup: Sunnyside cranks up running game in win





The Sunnyside High School football team is getting its engine revved up.

The Blue Devils (3-2, 2-0) overpowered visiting Cholla 51-0 in a Class 4A Sonoran contest last night to post their third straight win.

"We feel good about the progress that we are making each week," said Sunnyside coach Richard Sanchez. "The first three teams that we played did a really good job of pointing out our weaknesses."

The Blue Devils running game has found itself. Led by backs Xavier Smith, David Morales and quarterback Jaime Cota, Sunnyside sliced through the Chargers for 334 yards on the ground. Smith scored on runs of 65 and 55 yards. He finished the night with a game-high 145 yards on seven carries.

"Our running game is coming on strong," Smith said.

Cholla (1-4, 0-2) remains positive despite managing only 26 yards rushing and 19 yards passing.