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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 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

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

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Vista Grande

Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

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

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

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

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

Saturday, October 4

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Desert Christian

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