Citizen Staff Writer
CATALINA FOOTHILLS 42 CHOLLA 7
In his first season as head football coach at Catalina Foothills High School, Matt Johnson and the Falcons are going to the playoffs.
The Falcons (6-4, 3-1) beat host Cholla 42-7 on Friday in the regular-season finale for the teams.
Led by Pablo Gross’ 202 rushing yards and two touchdowns, the Falcons had their way with Cholla, outgaining the Chargers (0-10, 0-4) 415-115 in total yards.
“I thought Pablo had an excellent game,” Johnson said. “He has really stepped it up the last couple of weeks.”
With the score tied at 7 in the second quarter, Gross scored his second touchdown of the night with a 56-yard run. The Falcons never looked back.
“I saw that hole and I just knew I had to push through; We were tied at the time,” Gross said. “I knew that once I got in there, everyone else was going to step up and they did.”
Foothills had five touchdowns on the ground, with two from Doyle Bode and one from Breck Ashdown.
Bode threw to Ashdown for a 17-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Despite the cool weather, the Falcons thought it was the right time for Johnson to take an ice water shower at the end of game.
“It’s pretty special getting this program into the playoffs,” Johnson said. “We have some special seniors and we put a lot of hours in this summer.
“This was our goal – to be one of those 16 teams left – and we are one of those 16. It was a great shower.”
Jose Rascon rushed for 73 yards and Cholla’s lone touchdown. The Chargers were forced to punt six times.
Foothills will open the playoffs on the road Friday.