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Rincon running back Mario Flores (left) is hit by Sunnyside's Wally Altamirano (6) during the first quarter.

Four TD passes by Cota pace Sunnyside 


By Sean Coll 
ARIZONA DAILY STAR 

In what appeared to be a good matchup on paper, Sunnyside dominated host Rincon/University 42-6 Friday night, handing the Rangers their second loss of the season. 

The Blue Devils (9-0, 6-0 Sonoran Region) wasted no time, getting an 82-yard touchdown pass from Jaime Cota to George Garza to jump-start a 28-point opening quarter. 

Sunnyside's David Morales later broke free for a 79-yard run for the final points of the first quarter. 

Morales finished with 124 yards rushing. 

The Blue Devils kept the momentum in the second half with a 40-yard pass from Cota to Garza. 

It was Cota's fourth touchdown pass of the game. He finished with 187 yards through the air. 

But Rincon (7-2, 4-2) refused to be shut out, charging downfield to score on a 10-yard run by sophomore Francis Ravenell. 

Cota scored again in the fourth quarter, this time on a 1-yard dive. 

Despite its offensive dominance, it was Sunnyside's defense that stood out. The Blue Devils forced four fumbles in addition to Nathan Vega's interception in the second quarter. 

Even with the easy win, Cota said the Blue Devils did not play to their potential. 

"I didn't think we played as well as we should have," Cota said. "But we are going to fix those things, no matter what." 

Cota added the team's perfect record is no excuse to be overconfident. 

"We know we just have to stay hungry," Cota said. "If we lost that, it can all fall apart." 

Abelardo Llamas led Rincon in rushing with 90 yards. 

Sunnyside's Garza led all receivers with 112 yards.