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Notebook: Trio of talented running backs gives Trojans options

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Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2004 11:48 pm | Updated: 5:04 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

September 10, 2004

Paradise Valley coach Donnie Yantis is aware he has some options in his potent running game. He isn't afraid to use those options.

The Trojans had three backs rush for more than 100 yards in their 37-0 victory over Laveen Cesar Chavez last week. Junior Tomarcus Jordan turned in a school record 95-yard TD run in the second half spelling three-year starter Matt Clapp. Jordan rushed five times for 124 yards to go with the 145 of Aazaad Muhammad and 141 piled up by Clapp.

“We wanted to give Matt and Aazaad a break and have them concentrate on defense," Yantis said. "Matt wanted back in, but I said, ‘Big picture, Matt, big picture.’ He understood."

Quarterback quandary? Gilbert started senior Micah Parker at quarterback last week in its 34-10 season-opening win over Peoria Sunrise Mountain. Parker managed two TD runs in the first half.

Parker, however, misfired on four pass attempts and coach Jesse Parker (no relation) gave junior Aaron Wiese the playing time in the second half. Wiese completed 4-of-5 passes for 103 yards and TD in the second half. The playing time and results give the coach the option of mixing and matching if he so chooses.

Getting his kicks: Horizon kicker-punter Stefan Demos had the opportunity to kick off six times in Horizon’s opener against South Mountain last week. All six were in the end zone or beyond forcing South to start most of its possessions at its 20. That could happen more often this season if the Huskies continue to put points on the board.

Demos also punted three times with a long of 44. One of his punts pinned South inside its 20.

Special benefits: Horizon was not the only team adept at special teams play last week. Red Mountain used a pooch kick that it recovered early for a short field that led to a touchdown and also took advantage of an 82-yard punt return by Channing Trotter to help it knock off Mesquite.

"The thing about special teams plays is a lot of the time they break the spirit of the other team,” Red Mountain coach Jim Jones said. ‘‘The kickoff and punt return we got against Mesquite, I think those plays demoralized them."

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