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Horizon routs Goldwater in non-region game

by Jason Stone

Phoenix Horizon’s offense had no mercy on Phoenix Goldwater in Friday night’s 5A Division II non-region game.
What was a competitive game when the two teams met in Scottsdale last year, turned out to be a blowout this time around as Horizon rolled to a 49-7 win at Goldwater.
“We came out ready to play,” said Horizon running back Matt Jones, who rushed for 181 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns. “I really think this is our year.”
It was total domination from the start for Horizon (2-0), which scored touchdowns on six of its first eight possessions. Horizon would have been perfect if not for an early fumble and quarterback Ryan Stanford taking a knee to run out the clock in the first half.
If Horizon felt fortunate to beat Goldwater (1-1) last year by two touchdowns in a game played in a thunderstorm, Horizon’s offense made sure it provided the lightning this time. Stanford tossed four touchdown passes and Jones scored two first-half touchdowns, including a 60-yard gallop down the left sideline late in the first half, to give Horizon a commanding 35-0 lead.
When asked what other teams might be expecting of Horizon, coach Steve Casey said, “I hope not much. I think people feel we have an easy non-region schedule, and people are going to wait to see what we do in region.”
Anybody who showed up late to Goldwater missed seeing what Horizon’s offense can do now. It moved the ball up and down the field passing and running as Jones did most of the damage in the first half with 151 yards rushing and two touchdowns on only eight carries.
But there was enough credit to go around for Horizon on this night. Stanford tossed three of his four touchdown passes over the first four possessions of the game, including the first to junior Julian Perea-Schaefer, who started the scoring with a 26-yard touchdown reception on Horizon’s first drive to give it a quick 7-0 lead.
Goldwater’s offense, which struggled all night, gave the ball right back, leading to another Horizon touchdown drive – ending in a 4-yard run from Jones.
Horizon then snatched another touchdown — literally. Stanford heaved a 44-yard touchdown pass to Dushawn Brown, who had to leap over defenders in the end zone to secure the score and a 21-0 lead just as the second quarter started.
It was more of the same later in the quarter as Horizon marched down the field for a fourth time, ending with a 2-yard slant pass from Stanford to Michael Glidden.
Even when things went bad for Horizon, the end result was still a score. One play after a holding penalty set Horizon back to a first-and-20 at its own 40, Jones rushed up the left sideline for the 60-yard touchdown the basically sealed the win.
Goldwater attempted to sneak in a last-minute score before halftime, but Kyle Woods made a stretching interception to preserve the first-half shutout.
Horizon added touchdowns on its first two possessions of the second half. Goldwater, however, finally got on the board when Austin Crawford caught a 19-yard touchdown pass with under five minutes to go in the game to ruin Horizon’s shutout.
“We have a veteran team,” Casey said. “We’ve got a three-year starter at quarterback, a three-year starter at running back and he’s not even 100-percent because of an injury.”
Stanford finished the night completing 11-of-13 passes for 158 yards and no interceptions.

Published at azcentral.com • Sept. 10, 2010