Horizon was simply faster Thursday night.
The Huskies quick-paced offense used a school-record six touchdown performance from Luke Quinn as Horizon overpowered Paradise Valley, 73-28.
“This offense is very, very explosive,” Horizon coach Kris Heavner said. “Players like Quinn make calling plays easy.”
Paradise Valley (3-1 in Div. II) had no answer for the Horizon attack as the normally-efficient-Trojans struggled to keep up with the fast-n'-furious play calling that allowed Quinn to haul in three TD catches (17, 53 and 25 yards) and rush for three (20, 46, 22).
Horizon set a school record with its 73 points.
“My offensive line opened up the biggest holes I have ever seen which opened up a lot of passing lanes for Dalton (Sneed),” Quinn said. “We have so many skilled players.”
Quinn amassed 153 yards on 14 carries and caught 6 passes for 133 yards. He even added a 40-yard fumble return after stripping the quarterback.
“We got guys like Quinn, he is a D-I athlete,” Heavner said. “If someone doesn’t offer him a scholarship they are going to miss out.”
Paradise Valley also used an up-tempo play calling that allowed the Trojans to claw their way into a 38-28 deficit at halftime, but six turnovers ultimately ended any hopes of a comeback.
“When you turn the ball over that may times it doesn’t matter who you play, you are not going to win,” Paradise Valley coach Donnie Yantis said. “(Horizon) did some good things up front and hats off to them in that second half, they beat us.”
Zach Vankempen had pair of 1-yard TD runs in the first half while quarterback Daniel Bridge-Gadd added an 8-yard scamper.
Just before halftime Paradise Valley’s Jacob Brown picked off a pass and returned it 21 yards for a score to cut the lead to 35-28. But Horzion ended the quarter with a Danny McAtamney 22-yard field goal.
Sneed was 19-of-31 passing for 409 yards. He also threw a 40-yard TD pass to Jason McLaurin in the first quarter.
The Horizon defense created six turnovers, including a 20-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Cole Finochiarro.
About the only negative for Horizon was all the yellow laundry that littered the field. The Huskies amassed 190 penalty yards that erased even more big plays and touchdowns.
“What is holding us back is our penalties,” Heavner said. “Penalties like that get you beat.”
Horizon 73, Paradise Valley 28
Horizon 28 10 28 7 – 73
Paradise Valley 7 21 0 0 – 28
First Downs: Horizon 33, Paradise Valley 26
Rushing: Horizon 34-310, Paradise Valley 30-203
Passing (Comp-Att-Yards-TD-Int): Horizon 19-31-409-4-1, Paradise Valley 19-36-178-0-1
Fumbles-Lost: Horizon 0-0, Paradise Valley 6-4
Penalties-Yards: Horizon 16-190, Paradise Valley 8-80
H – Kortas 2 run (McAtamney kick)
H – Finochiarro 20 fumble return (McAtamney kick)
PV – Bridge-Gadd 8 run (Moon kick)
H – McLaurin 40 pass from Sneed (McAtamney kick)
H – Quinn 20 run (McAtamney kick)
PV – Vankempen 1 run (Moon kick)
H – Quinn 17 pass from Sneed (McAtamney kick)
PV – Vankempen 1 run (Moon kick)
PV – Brown 21 Int. return (Moon kick)
H – Moon 22 FG
H – Quinn 53 pass from Need (McAtamney kick)
H – Quinn 46 run (McAtamney kick)
H – Quinn 22 run (McAtamney kick)
H – Quinn 25 pass from Sneed (McAtamney kick)
H – Blackwell 2 run (McAtamney kick)