Citizen Staff Writer
SALPOINTE CATHOLIC 28 CASA GRANDE 0
Salpointe’s offensive line paved the way for the Lancers, and senior running back Christian Ramirez in particular, to pick up their seventh win of the season in a methodical, efficient 28-0 win over visiting Casa Grande.
Ramirez carried the ball 21 times for 202 yards and a pair of touchdowns – 80 and 3 yards – in a game Casa Grande seemed intent on keeping low scoring.
“We played pretty well, but it was just such a slow-paced game,” said Salpointe coach Dennis Bene. “I felt like Casa Grande really slowed it down. It was sort of like a Princeton basketball game.”
Still, the Lancers amassed 425 yards of total offense, running for 274 and getting 151 more and two touchdowns in the air from senior quarterback Trevor Eggleston.
Salpointe improved to 7-1 overall and 1-0 in the 5A-I Southern Region. Casa Grande fell to 3-5, 0-1.
Ramirez has 778 yards on the season, including 11 rushing touchdowns.
Eggleston, who last week picked up a scholarship offer from Western New Mexico University, has passed for 1,635 yards and 10 touchdowns. On Friday night, Eggleston hit wide receiver Jacob Llamas for a 19-yard score in the second quarter and receiver Mike Descisciolo on a 14-yard slant pattern for a fourth-quarter score.
Llamas had six catches for 120 yards.
Salpointe’s defense, meanwhile, pitched its second consecutive shutout; the Lancers beat Rincon/University 42-0 last week.
Led by a strong effort by linebacker Joe Sayre, defensive tackle Jack Williams and the Salpointe secondary, the Lancers held Casa Grande to 28 yards passing.