Sometimes, youth and potential can trump age and experience.
For a team that does not have a single senior on its roster, Gilbert Williams Field is making a statement that it might be a program to look out for in the future. The Black Hawks, a team composed of freshman, sophomores, and juniors improved to 5-3 after beating up on host Buckeye Verrado 49-6 in a 4A-II nonregion game.
The Black Hawks’ Brandon Warren, who entered the game with five rushing touchdowns on the season, reached the end zone five times on the night, four of which came in the first half.
"Our running game has been strong all season," said coach Steve Campbell. "We actually came into the game looking to work on our passing game a little."
According to Campbell, quarterback Nick Gaylord "did a pretty good job making reads, but he had some issues with his technique."
Gaylord didn’t pass for any touchdowns, but did rush for a first-half score.
Campbell believes that the passing game is still improving, but "definitely had some protection issues. ... We just have to be smarter about making our reads and calls at the line."
With the score 35-0 at the half, Williams Field’s starters came out for one more drive in the third which was capped off by Warren’s final touchdown, a 5-yard score. After that, Campbell used his second-string players
The Black Hawks’ final tally came later in the third when Eric Rendon returned a punt 46 yards for a touchdown to make the score 49-0.
Verrado’s only score came against Williams Field’s second-team defense with less than two minutes to play in the game.
"We have a lot of things we have to work on," Campbell said. "We have to pay attention to details a lot better, play to the best of our ability and play to our expectations. Most importantly, we have to quit making stupid mistakes because we’re not paying attention to details."
Up next, the Black Hawks travel to Yuma to take on 4-5 Gila Ridge.