Paradise Valley tuned up for the playoffs Friday.
The visiting Trojans overwhelmed Desert Sky Region rival Phoenix Shadow Mountain 35-12 to secure the No. 3 seed in the 4A-I state playoffs, which start next Friday.
“We tried to control the clock and get our team off the field as fast as we could,” Paradise Valley coach Donnie Yantis said. “We played a lot of kids tonight, which is good. We have to get healthy and have a great week of practice.”
Paradise Valley (8-2, 4-2 Desert Sky region) was sluggish early but erupted for three second-quarter scores. Running back Tyree Parker had touchdown runs from 2 and 5 yards, while quarterback Kevin Spain scrambled in from 11 yards to give the Trojans a commanding 21-0 halftime lead.
“I thought the kids were a little flat coming in,” Yantis said. “It is a rivalry-type game, and Shadow Mountain came out fired up. Their coaches did a good job.”
Spain kept the Trojans rolling in the second half, finding Johnny Galvez on a 19-yard fade rout to open the third quarter. Spain was efficient all night, completing 9 of his 11 passes for 114 yards.
The Paradise Valley defense got into the act, as well, as Michael Gomez intercepted a pass and returned it 41 yards for a score to widen the lead to 35-0 with 2:33 remaining in the third quarter.
Gomez added two more interceptions off Matadors (3-7, 0-6) passes.
Parker led the Trojans’ ground game with 122 yards on 16 carries, while Galvez caught four passes for 39 yards.