Salpointe 40, Marcos de Niza 7by Andy Morales on Sep. 28, 2013, under Sports
This was supposed to be a great game….on paper.
Tempe Marcos de Niza was ranked second in Division II by the state-wide media/computer poll and Salpointe was a unanimous number one selection. Both teams were undefeated (4-0) with impressive victories. But, while Salpointe had only given up 21 points while racking up 190 in four games, Marcos de Niza had given up 170…
We should have seen the train/steamroller/avalanche/semi-truck coming. Call it whatever you want, the Padres had no chance. Zero.
Perhaps they knew that coming in because they were already on the field in full helmet and pads by 5:30 for a 7 pm game. Salpointe? They responded by sending their kicker out to practice. It was the last time Salpointe was to be over matched…until the second and third strings made an appearance with about four minutes left in the game.
What turned out later to be a sign of desperation rather than a crafty move, the Padres decided to attempt an onside kick to start the game. All that accomplished was to give Andrew Cota a short field and he dashed into the end zone two minutes later to give Salpointe a 7-0 lead.
Marcos de Niza punted and Cota hit future Arizona Wildcat Cameron Denson on a 92-yard pass to put the Lancers up 13-0 with 8:07 left….in the first quarter.
By the time the first half ended, Salpointe scored 33 points and racked up almost 300 yards of offense while Marcos de Niza was held to about 45.
The train included an interception by Denson, a “hook and ladder” from Cota to Denson to Kaelin Deboskie for a touchdown and a strip and takeaway from Brandt Davidson on the Padres next play that he ran back 40 yards to put Salpointe up 26-0.
Cota threw an interception (Byron Murphy) to set the Padres up on the 17 but a 9-yard sack by Taylor Powell was followed by an 8-yard sack by…Powell. An incomplete pass was followed by a sack by Kevin Hamlett and the Lancers got the ball back on downs. Avalanche.
Cota got the ball back with 1:25 left in the first half but he only needed a minute to go 62 yards and he hit Denson on a 15-yard pass to put Salpointe up 33-0. Steamrolled.
Marcos de Niza got the ball to start the second half but they lost 10 more yards on the drive thanks to a sack by Austin Weaver. Salpointe got the ball back and Jay Williams dashed 40 yards on the first play to put the Lancers up 40-0.
The Padres biggest play of the game up to that point was a fluke fumble that they landed on a for 7-yard gain but they would more than double that after Salpointe was called for a roughing the kicker penalty on a punt. On that play, a Lancer rusher demolished a block and took the blocker and the kicker out.
Salpointe started to slowly substitute it’s standouts and Marcos de Niza was slowly adding yardage to their side of the ledger and it finally paid off on a hook and ladder of their own with Jackson Loney hitting Murphy and Murphy flipping the ball to Kylee Lawrence on a 44-yard score with about 2 minutes left in the game.
The official AIA/MaxPreps seeding points will not be released until Thursday, October 3 so we will have to wait a while to see what team will be behind Salpointe in Division II. The Lancers (5-0) will travel to Mountain View (3-2) next Friday in what is sure to be a defensive battle.
Marcos de Niza (4-1) fell into a four place tie in their section and they will travel to sectional rival Campo Verde (4-1) next Friday.
11 Padres attempted to run the ball against Salpointe. 35 attempts for 77 yards. Lawrence got credit for 30 yards on the hook and ladder late in the game. Take away that one run and Marcos de Niza was held to about 16 inches a carry….
Salpointe put up 240 yards rushing and 233 yards passing.
Williams rushed for 82, Deboskie 52, Zach Dorame for 52 and Cota for 51. Cota also finished 14-18 for 233 yards in the air.
Denson went 6-137 and Robert Wilson finished 4-51.