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Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2007 10:34 pm | Updated: 7:03 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Willow Canyon High School football team will leave style points to figure skaters and beauty contestants. While it didn't look pretty, the Wildcats walked off the field with a 10-3 win over Camelback Thursday night in Surprise. "We did just enough is how I would describe our win tonight," said Mike Hudnutt, Willow Canyon coach. "Any time you can walk off the field with a win, it's great." Willow Canyon improved to 3-1 with the non-region victory. Camelback dropped to 1-3 and could muster just a field goal one week after posting a 61-21 home win against Valley Vista. The Wildcats relied on a defensive safety in the second quarter and a 48-yard touchdown pass from Trey Clarida to Chris Robinson in the third quarter to account for their points. The Wildcats followed the touchdown with a two-point conversion when backup quarterback Justin Corrigan faked the hold and ran into the end zone. "Football is a game of execution and we just didn't make the plays we had to in the second half," said Daryl Phillips, Camelback coach. "We moved the ball well at times, but if you don't score points, then it wasn't enough." Willow Canyon moved the ball consistently throughout the game, but had difficulty inside the red zone. The Wildcats failed to score twice on drives which moved inside the Camelback 5-yard line. One drive ended when Clarida was stopped on a fourth-down keeper at the 2 and another failed when Clarida overthrew Robinson on a fourth-down fade pattern from the Camelback 4. "I will take responsibility for those drives," Hudnutt said. "I've got to go back and look at the play-calling there because I'm not calling the right plays." One play which worked to perfection was Hudnutt's call on third-and-two from the Camelback 48 in the third quarter. That resulted in Robinson's third touchdown in four games as the senior ran past the corner and caught a perfectly thrown strike from Clarida for the touchdown. "That was a play we put in just this week," Hudnutt said. "We knew play-action would work there because of the way Camelback played the run." The touchdown and two-point conversion gave Willow Canyon a 10-0 lead. That put the game in the hands of the Willow Canyon defense, which bent, but didn't break the rest of the way. Justin Jones made a pair of key second-half sacks for Willow Canyon and Justin Weber intercepted a fourth-down pass to halt Camelback's final drive of the game. Jones' first sack occurred on a third-and-eight play from the Willow Canyon 13 and forced Camelback to settle for a 34-yard field goal which cut the lead to 10-3. Jones' second sack forced Camelback to punt early in the fourth quarter. Weber's interception occurred with 1 minute, 18 seconds left in the game after Camelback had reached the Willow Canyon 38-yard line. Willow Canyon celebrates homecoming and plays host to Carl Hayden at 7 p.m. next Friday.

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