Campo Verde Coyotes cruise to win over Kellis Cougars

By: 
DARRELL JACKSON, Staff Writer

After trading touchdowns in the first four minutes of the game, Gilbert Campo Verde’s defense held the Cougars in check in cruising to a 44-7 victory Aug. 31 at Raymond S. Kellis High School.

Six different Coyotes scored as they outgained the Cougars 511-191 total yards in the victory.

Kellis took the opening kickoff and, on its second play from its own 16-yard line, quarterback Cade Peterson threw a short pass to Kyle Stills, who fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Campo Verde’s Jayden Fletcher at the Cougars’ 22-yard line.

On the first play, the Coyotes scored on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Parker Nuzman to Danny McFarland 57 seconds into the game.

“Once we got the turnover, we took advantage and (Nuzman) tossed a great pass and McFarland made a great grab to give us an early lead,” Campo Verde head coach Max Ragsdale said.

On the Cougars next drive, they marched 78 yards on five plays, ending when Peterson faked a hand-off and hit Angelo Amoros on a short crossing pattern.

Amoros took the pass, cut to the outside, and raced 66 yards down the sideline for a touchdown with 8:11 left in the first quarter.

“Yeah, he got a quick patter and got past our defense,” Ragsdale said. “When they hit that, I really thought there might be 70 points scored between us.”

After that, it was all Campo Verde as it scored on three of its next four possessions on runs of 61 and 1 yard and a 48-yard touchdown pass from Nuzman to Reid Coffee to jump out to a 28-7 lead with 10:41 left in the second quarter.

Kellis, on its next five possessions after its lone touchdown, was forced on three-and-out and didn’t get its second first down until only three minutes were left in the first half.

“Our defense was dominant after allowing the touchdown,” Ragsdale said. “We really were able to keep (Kellis) off balance and control the ball.”

Campo Verde’s Matt Leazier rushed for 209 yards and two touchdowns and Nuzman threw for 208 yards and three touchdown passes in the game.

Peterson led the Cougars, throwing for 187 yards and a touchdown, but they could not get their rushing game moving as the Coyotes held the Cougars to four total rushing yards.

Kellis (0-2) travels to Laveen Fairfax (1-2) at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at Fairfax High School.

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