Boys Varsity Football
|Queen Creek High School||38|
|Deer Valley HS||0|
The QCHS football team and its defense were firing on all cylinders Friday night to help its team defeat 5A Deer Valley 38-0 and improve to 5-0 on the season.
Its first shutout of the year, the QC defense had both a pick-six and a fumble recovery in the game.
“They’re getting better every week and that’s all we are asking for,” said head coach Travis Schureman of the defense. “I think we took a good step this Friday night on the defensive side. It was awesome.”
The QC offense and defense each scored in the first two minutes of the game. The first came on offense with a three-play drive that ended on a 44-yard throw from QB Devin Larsen to Garrett Duke. In the next minute, the Dog defense gave a preview of how they would play all night—scoring a defensive touchdown on a pick and TD run from Jett Koester.
The offense looked to score a quick touchdown again to start the second quarter, but a penalty nullified the TD pass and instead a field goal from Jacori Wooten put the Dogs up 17-0 with 11:35 to go.
A chance at the scoreboard looked promising for Deer Valley after a deflected QC pass was intercepted, but the Bulldog defense pushed the Skyhawks to a 4th and 25. QC’s offense made good use of the field position and after a series of completions to Ryan Dobbs and Dante Coleman, running back Dylan Borja scored his first TD of the night. That score put the Dogs up 24-0 with just minutes until halftime.
Deer Valley once again looked like it might score its first points of the night until Armando Orona stripped the ball and ran it 88 yards to put the offense within three of the goal line. Borja was able to punch in the score and give the Dogs a huge 31-0 lead heading into halftime.
The defense held the Skyhawks to another shutout in the second half and the offense scored one more touchdown on Borja’s third scoring run of the night.
“Our defense--they did really good,” said Borja. “They got us down the field so we could score touchdowns.
“We’re just taking one team at a time so if we keep preparing like we have we’ll continue to be successful.”
At 5-0, the Bulldogs haven’t had a lack of competition this season but the next few games will continue to get harder with high ranked 5A teams and section play to end the regular season.
Next week, QC will travel to a 4-0 Ironwood Ridge team who they beat last year to advance in the state playoffs.
“It’s been a grind from week zero for us and we’re expecting a great game [at Ironwood Ridge],” said Schureman. “They’ve been beating up on people so it’s going to be a great challenge for us to take a road trip down there.”
That game will kickoff at 7 p.m. Follow our twitter and instagram pages for live updates and results.