Scottsdale Horizon held Phoenix Shadow Mountain to 116 yards of total offense in a 25-0 victory during Friday night's homecoming game at Horizon.
"Our defense had been playing well all year," said Horizon coach Steve Casey. "We may bend, but we didn't break."
Offensively, Horizon (4-4, 2-1 Desert Valley Region) did most of its damage on the ground against the Matadors (3-5, 1-2).
Using a running back by committee, the Huskies racked up 173 rushing yards, led by Gary Cooper's 70 yards and one score on eight carries. Horizon benefited from three first-half personal fouls against Shadow Mountain, and used their field position and the run game to mount a 14-0 halftime lead.
Shadow Mountain had chances, including two trips to the red zone in the first half, but the Horizon defense stopped the Matadors on downs on both occasions.
"It was huge for our defense to stop them down there," said Casey. "We told them at the half, if they don't score we win."
Horizon ended any hopes of a Shadow Mountain comeback in the third quarter. On their first possession, the Huskies drove the field and Clay Stofferahn kicked a 33 yard field goal. On the ensuing kickoff Horizon recovered an onside attempt and then proceeded to drive down the field again, thanks to quarterback Greg Djinis.
Djinis started the drive with a 37-yard bomb to Marcus Lespron, and then Djinis ran it in himself from the 3 to bring the score to 25-0.
Shadow Mountain had two more possessions in the fourth quarter, but quarterback Nick Amari threw interceptions on both series.