Mesa Community College scored 24 points Friday in the first half, including two safeties, and went on to plow through Phoenix College 45-6 in a Western States Football League game at John D. Riggs Stadium at Mesa.
Dax Crum had another solid night for the Thunderbirds, going 9 of 20 for 200 yards and two touchdowns as Mesa moved to 6-1, 4-1 in league play.
Crum, a Scottsdale Horizon High School graduate, remains among the top quarterbacks in the WSFL this season.
Terrance Moore, one of Crum’s favorite targets all year long, caught one of the touchdowns and had three long receptions for 98 yards.
The Thunderbirds racked up 453 yards of offense in the victory, and the win places MCC in the driver’s seat for a postseason berth.
“We’ve been playing better,” said MCC coach Dan Dunn. “This is the perfect time for us to be coming together as a team. We take on (third-ranked) Eastern Arizona next week on our field, and it could not be a better time.”
The game was halted for about 20 minutes after Phoenix College quarterback Shane Mascarenas was hurt on a keeper midway through the third quarter.
Officials said it appeared Mascarenas suffered a lower-leg compound fracture and was taken to an area hospital.
However, he was conscious and given a sendoff by his Bears teammates.
MCC, meanwhile, never looked back, and backup quarterback Brian Libby got in on the touchdown action, finding teammate Justin Smith for a 10-yard pass and finishing his short stint on the field by going 5 of 6 for 84 yards.
Jamichael Hall had two interceptions for Mesa, one of which was a 22-yard interception return in the first quarter and another in the second half as the Bears were attempting to move downfield.
Phoenix fell to 1-5, 1-3 in the WSFL.