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Marana moves the football in loss to Tucson High

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Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 1:04 pm

In losing at Tucson, 38-26, the Tigers moved the football and scored a lot of points for the second straight week.

After falling behind 14-0 after one quarter, the Tigers actually outscored the Badgers, 26-24, over the final three.

Domenic Holliday ran for 99 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Ben Honea ran for 62 yards and a touchdown, while Jake Bewley ran for 55 in the first half, and caught a 20-yard pass before leaving with an injury.

A week earlier, Honea had ignited the offense with 269 yards passing and two touchdowns, while completing 13 of 18 passes, leading the Tigers to 26 points against Rincon.

After scoring 26 points two weeks in a row, what does big play wide receiver Dennis Wilson think about the Tigers offense?

"We have a better system this year," Wilson said, in reference to first-year coach Andy Litten.

"It's not a one-man team," Wilson said. "If everyone believes (positively) it's a team effort."

Every game Wilson seems to make a few big plays.

Against Tucson, Wilson returned a kickoff 45 yards to mid-field. On the first play from scrimmage, Wilson was pushed by a defensive back, came back and made contact with him, and caught a pass for what looked like about a 30-yard gain. Unfortunately, the officials ruled it offensive pass interference on Wilson, which negated the play.

The penalty was one of 10 called against Marana on the night.

"They should've left it alone," Wilson said.

In the past, a devastating penalty like that one would likely have derailed the Tigers. But this group of Tigers is tenacious.

Honea ran 16 yards for a first down at the Tucson 34-yard line. A completion to Jeffery Carranza went for 17 yards. Next, Honea took off again. After running for a good gain, Honea leaped in the air near the 10, and came down at the eight-yard line after a 26-yard run. On the next play, Honea took it in for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 38-20.

"Our team got together in the second half and played our hearts out," Wilson said.

"The defense is getting together. Eleven hats to the ball."

The Tigers run defense was highly vulnerable in the first half, as they gave up 181 yards rushing in the half and fell behind the Badgers, 28-7 at the half. Donovan Moore's explosive 45-yard run to pay dirt early in the third quarter made it 35-7. But from that point forward, the Tigers put the clamps on the running game of the Badgers, and held them to just 14 yards on the ground after that.

The Tigers took advantage of a bad snap to the punter and took possession at the Tucson 32-yard line. A few plays later, Holliday scored on a 1-yard run to make it 35-14.

After an 11-play drive by the Badgers, the Tigers defense stiffened and they held Tucson to a field-goal. The next drive resulted in Honea's 8-yard scoring run. The final score occurred on their final possession of the game.

Honea was sacked on consecutive plays, but Marana called a timeout with 2:26 remaining. Holliday exploded on the first play after time resumed for 34 yards down to the 16 of Tucson. But another sack and a penalty appeared to have bottled up the Tigers.

However, the Tigers regrouped and Holliday broke a 22-yard run down to three, which set up a 3-yard pass from Honea to Wilson for the final margin of 38-26.

The biggest concerns on the night appeared to be the 10 penalties against the Tigers, and three interceptions thrown by Honea, who had had none the week before against Rincon.

This Friday, the Tigers will host Salpointe at 7p.m.

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