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Higley rolls past Campo Verde

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Posted: Saturday, September 3, 2011 12:22 am

Coming off a win over Phoenix Carl Hayden last Friday night, visiting Higley did it again in lopsided fashion, 44-20 over Campo Verde in a Division III, Section I matchup.

The Knights led 14-7 after one quarter but outscored the Coyotes 30-13 the rest of the way in a game full of penalties. The two teams combined for 19 penalties for 166 yards.

On one play in the second quarter, the Coyotes were charged with two unsportsmanlike infractions which moved Higley up an additional 30 yards.

Campo Verde coach Max Ragsdale was adamant that it will not happen again.

“It was bad, it was uncharacteristic the way we played and it will be fixed," he said.

Coming off a four-touchdown performance last week, Higley quarterback Eric Kump threw for three more scores, including a big 67-yard strike to Trent Lagerstrom for a 21-7 lead it never looked back on.

Kump finished his 9-for-15 passing night with 204 yards and the three scores.

“Eric is a good quarterback and he is going to continue to get better," Higley coach Eddy Zubey said. "There were no sacks (Friday night) against us, our offensive line is giving him time and that is the best part about it.”

The Knights (2-0) slowed down the Campo Verde running game which had given them problems in the first half, including an 11-yard touchdown run by Campo Verde quarterback Luke Pineda.

After that, Campo Verde (1-1) was shut out until late in the fourth quarter.

The Coyotes were coming off a 31-6 win over Apache Junction in week one, but they struggled to keep up with the Knights' passing game or keep their own defense from wearing down.

“It was rough, it’s a growing experience," Ragsdale said. "We couldn’t get them off the field in the second half. When their offense is on the field we can’t score."

The Knights scored their fourth passing touchdown of the game on a 19-yard pass from backup quarterback Jacob Gonzales to Mythias Young.

The Knights will look to improve to stay undefeated when they play at Poston Butte next week.

"As a coach this game gives me some confidence with them knowing that if we don’t have the perfect game plan we can make halftime adjustments and figure it out from there," Zubey said.

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