Tuscon Sunnyside running back Kevin
Harrigan carries the ball during a game against North
Michael Schennum / The Arizona
Late turnover boosts Sunnyside
by Alex Espinoza - Aug. 29, 2009 12:00 AM
Special for The Republic
Usually, when a team erases a 14-point halftime deficit,
it's the best comeback of the night.
But that wasn't the case Friday in Phoenix, because Tucson
Sunnyside needed a pair of comebacks to defeat Phoenix North
"We didn't make any plays in the first half," Sunnyside
coach Richard Sanchez said. "But I just told them (at
halftime) to cut down on the mistakes and play error-free
football and they did a great job of responding."
With about 1:45 left in the game, North Canyon seemed to
have the victory wrapped up. Senior running back Tavonn
Dodson was streaking down the field, his team holding a
20-17 lead. Then a few seconds later he was caught from
behind and lost the football.
About a minute after that, Sunnyside senior quarterback
Perry Shazier connected with senior wide receiver Chris
Howard on a 33-yard, game-winning score.
"I'm extremely proud of this team," Howard said. "I like how
we fought all the way through the whole game. I mean, we're
a second-half team. We give the most in the fourth quarter.
"That's what we trained all summer for."
It was an especially heartbreaking loss for North Canyon, as
it entered the locker room with a 14-0 lead.
Sophomore Julian Jones replaced Shazier at quarterback with
about three minutes left in the half and injected some life
into the Sunnyside offense.
Shazier came back at the end of the game, though, to run the