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Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 4:00 am

Coming off a solid 42-0 win over Scottsdale Christian Academy the week before, the Lions came into the game with winning on their mind – and a win is what they got as they handily beat the Santa Cruz Dust Devils 62-0 on Friday evening.

Leading the offense for the Lions was quarterback Jacob Frithsen who within the first 10 minutes of the first quarter completed a pass to wide receiver Aaron Penazek to put the first points on the scoreboard. Penazek also added a field goal kick to put the Lions up 7-0.

Santa Cruz, in turn, tried to respond but was shut down by the Lions’ defense and had to punt at their own 40-yard line. The Lions wasted no time in attacking the Santa Cruz defense as Tyler Overstreet carried the ball for 18 yards to gain the first down. Three plays later wide receiver Ben Walker scored on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Frithsen.

“It was nice being able to pass the ball and get the wide receivers involved early on,” said Frithsen. “They just caught well all night.”

The Lions took advantage of their offensive openings as Walker caught a short 5-yard pass and Fitzgerald scored on a 60-yard punt return – giving them a sizeable lead as the first quarter came to a close. 

The second quarter continued to be no contest for the Lions as they steam-rolled over the Santa Cruz defense by scoring three more touchdowns and shutting down their offense by allowing them to gain only eight yards the entire quarter. With a sizeable lead, Head Coach Troy Cropp took the opportunity to put some of his younger players in.

“We had a high level of rotation most of the game,” said Cropp. “It helped because the guys then want the younger guys to do better out there and do well.”

The Dust Devils continued to struggle as their first possession in the second half resulted in a fumble – leading to a Lions possession on the 37-yard line and a touchdown less than five minutes later. Finishing out the third quarter the Lions increased their lead to 56-0. 

Starting out the fourth quarter the Dust Devils took possession at the 20-yard line but on fourth down had to resort to punting to the Lions. With 3:45 left in the quarter the Dust Devils made their first down of the game after an 11-yard throw from quarterback Hector Hermosillo to running back Marcos Castillo. The Dust Devils kicked their last punt – one that proved to only once again help the Lions.

Freshmen Edwin Lovett returned the kick for a 60-yard touchdown to finish off the game with a 62-0 win for the Lions.

“The game went great and everyone performed well,” said       Frithsen looking back on the team’s performance. “I’m just now looking forward to beating San Tan down the road and then winning state.”

The Lions finished the game with 250 running yards and 52 passing yards while increasing their winning record to 3-1. Their next game will be against Baboquivari High School whose record is 0-4. 

Santa Cruz competes against Imagine Prep Coolidge in hopes of improving their current 0-4 record.

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)


Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions


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