Scott Kneisel ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns and intercepted a pass on defense to lead Mesa Dobson to a 42-7 victory over Phoenix Shadow Mountain Friday night in a 5A nonregion game at Dobson.
The Mustangs (4-1) capitalized on two Matadors turnovers and a blocked punt early in the second half, scoring 21 points in less than four minutes to turn a close game into a blowout midway through the third quarter.
Mustangs quarterback Cody Lewis threw for 144 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown pass to Neil Treffers to put the Mustangs up 14-7 in the second quarter. Lewis also added a rushing touchdown in the third quarter.
The Matadors (2-3) scored on their first offensive play, a 25-yard run by Richard Garcia, after recovering a fumble deep in Mustang territory. But Dobson went on to score 42 unanswered points, and held the Matadors to just 45 yards of offense in the second half.
The first half ended in a mild controversy after Shadow Mountain drove to the Dobson 2-yard line with five seconds remaining in the half. On the next play, Matadors quarterback Nick Amari ran out of bounds at the Dobson 1-yard line with what appeared to be one second left on the clock. The clock continued to run down to zero, and the Shadow Mountain players and coaching staff screamed at the referees that one second should be placed back on the clock, but to no avail.
Garcia finished with 71 yards on 18 carries to lead the Matadors. Shadow Mountain wide receiver Michael McLeran pulled down seven receptions for 79 yards.
After the game, Kneisel credited his blockers for his success.
"It was a great game," he said. "The O line protected me well."
Dobson coach Tom DeMassa called the victory "a team effort."
"Shadow Mountain is a tough football team," DeMassa said. "I think we just wore them down in the second half."