Corona cruises past Dobson
The Aztecs began their night with some trickery when senior running back James Contes hit junior Tevin Mayfield for a 26-yard halfback pass, which was quickly followed by a 35-yard touchdown run by Contes.
After a series of stalled drives, Dobson was able march down the field with a steady rushing attack. With just under 12 minutes left in the second quarter, senior Gabe Martinez was able to connect with junior wide receiver Zach Bright on a 28-yard touchdown pass. After a failed extra point attempt, the score stood at 7-6 in favor of the Aztecs.
Corona del Sol responded after the Mustang touchdown by stringing together a solid drive that was capped off by a 4-yard touchdown run by Contes. After drives from both teams ending on 4th down, Dobson kneeled to end the first half and go into the locker room trailing the Aztecs by seven, 13-6.
In the second half, Corona del Sol put their foot to the pedal and Dobson was left waiting in the dust.
Defense dominated in the third quarter that consisted of Dobson turning the ball over on downs, an Aztec fumble, and a Mustang punt. With 1:30 in the third quarter, Contes scampered into the end zone for his third touchdown of the night putting Corona del Sol up 20-6.
Bad circumstances continued to plague Dobson in the fourth quarter when a deflected punt gave the Aztecs the ball on the Mustang 16-yard line. After a 14-yard run by Contes, junior quarterback Will Sorensen was able to find pay dirt and increase the Corona del Sol lead to 27-6 with a majority of the fourth quarter remaining.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Mustangs lined up on 4th and 1 in attempt to stay alive in the game. Instead of converting on 4th, Dobson fumbled and the football found its way into the hands of Corona del Sol sophomore-standout Cassius Peat. Peat was able to take it all the way for a 64-yard touchdown making it a 34-6.
Aztec head coach Tom Joseph praised the spirit of the Mustangs, despite the tough second half. "We came down and scored right away on two plays and then they drove down the field. They were getting four or five yards a touch. They were very persistent and they were driving. I mean, it was a dog fight in the first half," said Joseph.
In the closing minutes of the game, Dobson sophomore Collin Erickson broke away for a 51-yard touchdown run and with a converted extra point for the final score of the game.
Both teams are on the road next week as Corona del Sol takes on Highland High School in Gilbert and Dobson travels to Mesa to face Skyline High School.