There couldn’t be a more perfect game for a sophomore to get his first varsity start at quarterback.
Playing against Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor, Tate Shumway looked comfortable as a veteran in leading Desert Ridge to a 55-0 shutout victory in North Phoenix Thursday night.
He only threw six passes, but he completed four of them for 86 yards and two touchdowns as the Jaguars (2-1) won for the second straight game.
“He did pretty good for being a sophomore and not being used to playing varsity football,” junior running back Taren Morrison said.
Shumway’s talents, however, are likely to return to the bench next week as Tarek Morrison, Desert Ridge’s starter last season, returns from a knee injury. Jaguar coach Jeremy Hathcock said Tarek Morrison has been practicing with the team.
“Tate did a fine job, but Tarek is pretty special,” Hathcock said. “You feel bad for the kid because he played so well. He still may play next week.”
Desert Ridge had nine offensive possessions on Thursday and scored eight touchdowns. On the ninth they missed a field goal so Shumway led an efficient offense against the Eagles. It helped having several capable running backs.
The Jaguars rushed for 335 yards, led by Taren Morrison who had seven carries for 137 yards and two touchdowns. He closed out the first half with a 79-yard scoring run in the final minute that put Desert Ridge up, 42-0, at the half.
“We struggled the first five minutes of the game, but then we executed every play and ran every play hard,” Taren Morrison said.
The most difficult scoring drive of the game was the first, as it went 76 yards in eight plays. It was capped by an 18-yard TD reception by EJ McClanahan. He would later score on a 29-yard reception. Desert Ridge converted a fourth down play at midfield just to keep the drive going.
The Jaguars then put up 35 points in the second quarter with Taren Morrison and Danny Siamau each scoring two touchdowns.
The second half was played with a running clock and it prevented what would have been an even bigger beat down by the Jaguars.
After three games, Hathcock knows this about his team. “I know that we are a real physical football team and that we have a quality offensive line and we have six running backs that could start for just about anybody.”
Hathcock compared his offensive line to those of the powerful Mountain View teams two decades ago. Those Toro teams never had big offensive linemen, but they always seemed to open holes for running backs and protect their quarterbacks.
“They were never big, but they were gritty,” Hathcock said.
Desert Ridge 55, Sandra Day O’Connor 0
First Downs: DR 18, SDO 7
Rushing: DR 31-335, SDO 19-98
Passing (Comp.-Att.-TD-INT): 4-6-86-2-0, SDO 8-22-71-0-0
Fumbles-lost: DR 1-0, SDO, 2-1
Penalties-yards: DR 2-10, SDO 6-45
Desert Ridge 7 35 6 7 - 55
O’Connor 0 0 0 0 - 0
DR: McClanahan 18 pass from Shumway (Whitlow kick)
DR: Siamau 2 run (Whitlow kick)
DR: McClanahan 29 pass from Shumway (Whitlow kick)
DR: Morrison 7 run (Whitlow kick)
DR: Siamau 2 run (Whitlow kick)
DR: Morrison 79 run (Whitlow kick)
DR: Rodriguez 23 run (kick failed)
DR: Irby 1 run (Whitlow kick)