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Eagles prep for Palo Verde clash by routing Bulldogs

Citizen Staff Writer




Santa Rita flexed its muscles and remained unbeaten in 4A Gila Region play, overpowering visiting Douglas 69-0 on Friday night.

Santa Rita running back Davonttay Jones rushed for 169 yards in only three carries including two long touchdown runs of 83 and 50 yards.

Senior quarterback Ian Garlets also ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw for two more as the Eagles amassed 465 yards of offense to just 98 by Douglas.

Santa Rita (8-0, 4-0 in 4A Gila region play) will face a much tougher foe next week when it travels to Palo Verde (8-1, 5-0) to play a Titans squad that is also unbeaten in league action.

“Next week the season begins,” said Santa Rita coach Jeff Scurran, referring to the Palo Verde showdown, which will determine the 4A Gila region champion. “We wanted to put on a good show for homecoming and now we’re ready for next week.”

Garlets had a hand in his team’s first three touchdowns.

He started the scoring with a 9-yard touchdown run, threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to John Wells and then added a 3-yard touchdown run for a 21-0 lead.

Chris Correa scored on a 6-yard run to give the Eagles a 28-0 first quarter lead.

The second quarter scoring included a 6-yard Greg Jones run, an 11-yard Garlets to Matt Sanchez touchdown pass and the first of Davonttay Jones’ two touchdowns, an 83-yard score to cap the first half scoring at 49-0.

Douglas, which falls to 2-6 and 1-3 in Gila play, hosts Catalina next week.

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