There were more than a few fireworks on Friday night (Oct. 7) as the Queen Creek High School football team defeated visiting Campo Verde 32-9 to improve to 7-1 and 2-0 in region play.
With just two games left in the regular season, Queen Creek seems to be hitting its stride on every side of the ball. The offense has outscored its opponents 134-51 in the last four games, thanks in part to the Dog defense, who’ve allowed just nine points in each of its last two games.
And with a bye this next week, a little R & R could be just the thing to throw the Bulldogs over the edge.
“It’s been a grind to this point,” said head coach Travis Schureman. “We’re looking forward to the bye this week to get some kids healthy and give us some time where we can breathe a little bit. We’ll work on us as a team. It’ll be good to have this week to fine tune and get back to some basics.”
It was a lackadaisical start against Campo Verde, fumbling on the opening kickoff, but the team made plays when they needed to.
The defense held the Coyotes out of the end zone on that opening drive, blocked the field goal attempt and then forced a sack and safety on the very next Campo possession. So in a strange turn of events, QC held the 2-0 lead and from there never lost the lead.
Campo kept it close in the first half, heading into the locker room down 12-9, but QC put all idea of a comeback far out of their heads in the third quarter when they outscored the Coyotes 20-0. Two rushing touchdowns from Jace Koester and one from fellow rusher Jake Clonts were the three scored in that quarter.
QB Devin Larsen also connected for his longest pass of the night to Ian Woods on a 51-yard reception, setting up one of the touchdowns from Koester.
Big Mike Young had his hand in almost every big defensive play, credited for the sack and safety, one blocked kick and an interception on the night. Of course, he gave all the praise to his teammates.
“It was just another week of getting after it,” said Young. “We came out a little soft in the first half, but we fixed it and knew we could win the game. We just played Queen Creek football.”
Schureman agreed that the defense was firing on all cylinders.
“The defense is getting better and it’s fun to watch,” said Schureman. “They’re flying around. It’s a bunch of 11 crazed dogs and they just get after it. We really needed them that first half and they did a good job of keeping us in the game.”
After the bye, Queen Creek will play Vista Grande at home and then will travel to Williams Field for a Goliath San Tan Region matchup.
Editor’s note: Jamie Morris is the staff news writer for Queen Creek High School.