Whether on offense, defense or special teams, Tempe Prep took it to Fredonia strong, fast and often to run away with a 42-16 victory in a 1A nonregion game Saturday at Phoenix Arizona Lutheran Academy.
The Knights' ground attack led the way, gaining 235 yards.
Sophomore running back Tom McDonald led the charge with 173 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns.
"He's just a heck of a player," Tempe Prep coach Tommy Brittain said. "He's only a sophomore and didn't play much varsity last year, but he's just a really intuitive runner. He has great vision and a great view of the field."
Tempe Prep (1-0) continuously put pressure on Fredonia (0-1) quarterback Stetson Crandall and brought him down six times. The Knights' six sacks caused the Lynx to lose 65 yards.
"The defense was a strength of our team last year and it will be a strength again this year," Brittain said. "We've got good depth. The defense is really strong, really consistent."
The Knights also received big plays on special teams, the biggest coming from Manny Sandoval, who returned a punt 48 yards for a touchdown to put Tempe Prep ahead 28-0 after David DeJeu's extra point.
Even with the all-around strong effort from his team, Brittain felt the Knights will need to address their passing game as the season progresses. Tempe Prep completed 2 of 7 passes for 37 yards.
"To compete with the best teams traditionally in our region and all of 1A, we're going to have to develop our passing game and make less mistakes," Brittain said.