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Big contest ahead for Pusch Ridge

Lions tune with easy win over Baboquivari

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Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:15 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

In recent contests, Pusch Ridge has rolled past Baboquivari.

In a 70-0 win over the Warriors last week, the Lions finally accomplished something for the first time since all-league quarterback Greg Schimke graduated. They played a good game offensively with almost 200 passing yards.

The Lions are 3-1 before this Friday's 6 p.m. Homecoming contest with San Manuel.

Last Friday's tone was set on the game's first play.

Warrior quarterback Ki-Hod Thomas threw the ball towards a receiver, but Lions linebacker Andrew Gonzales came up quickly and intercepted the ball, returning it 24 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

Speed was the name of the game Friday night, as the Lions spent most of the night making Baboquivari look like it was moving in slow motion.

Speedster Tyler Vance looked like he had jets on his feet en route to receiving touchdowns, and also with a 47-yard punt return for a touchdown.

"Our offense started to click," Vance said. He finished with three catches for 145 yards. "Tyler (Goodwillie) was getting time to throw." Goodwillie completed three out of five passes for 153 yards and three touchdowns.

Backup Ryan Genzman also shined, as he completed both of his passes for 42 yards, and ran for a 27-yard gain.

"Our offense was finally functioning," said coach Bob Vance. "If we run the offense right, this is what we can do."

Ironically, the Lions led 14-0, before they even ran an offensive play. The interception and the punt return each came in the first quarter.

When they finally did go on the offensive, Andrew Stanton busted a 22-yard run, and followed with a five-yard run. A few plays later, Goodwillie took off and ran 17 yards for a touchdown. Chad Springetti's conversion made it 21-0.

Stanton finished with 39 yards on five carries. Unfortunately, he had to leave before halftime with an injury.

"Stanton had a stinger," said coach Vance. "He could've been able to come back."

Key linebacker Sam Dunn was also injured in the game with a high ankle sprain. Vance expects him to be able to play this week.

The Lions scored one more time in the first on a one-play scoring drive, a pass from Goodwillie to Vance for a 63-yard touchdown.

Defensively, Gonzales had six assists and an interception, just in the first half. Connor Reilly had a 19-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

"The defense is not as deep (as last year's)," said coach Vance. "But (defensive coordinator Mark) Frithsen always has them ready to go."

The defense has played well for three straight weeks, but next up is a tough challenge. This Friday, the Lions will play their homecoming game against a San Manuel team (2-2) that is averaging nearly 25 points a game. Last year, San Manuel scored 24 points against the Lions.

Game time will be early, at 6 p.m.

"We have to play mistake-free football," said coach Vance. "Next week will be a great test."

"We spoiled their homecoming game last year. I'm sure they'd like to spoil ours."

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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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