Remember that hole Queen Creek nearly buried itself in after a 1-3 start? The Bulldogs have officially filled it in and begun laying the foundation for a potentially monumental turnaround.
Queen Creek took advantage of five turnovers and deflated No. 5 Phoenix Arcadia’s hopes with three big scoring plays Friday to remain atop the 4A Division II East Sky Region standings with 31-7 road victory.
Running back Tod Workman rushed for 169 yards and one touchdown, and the Bulldogs (4-3) converted two of the takeaways into 10 points as they won their third straight to improve to 3-0 in region.
“This feels pretty good,” said Workman, who set the tone early with a 79-yard scamper through the heart of the Titans defense on the Bulldogs’ first play from scrimmage.
A 49-yard pass from Richie Edwards to Jensen Nevitt midway through the second quarter put Queen Creek ahead 14-7, and a 30-yard touchdown run by Jake Goddard with 5:07 left in the game sealed the deal.
“We’re getting better each week, and that’s what has to happen,” Bulldogs coach Curt LeBlanc said. “These kids are staring to realize that now, and it’s a nice thing to see.”
The Titans (5-2, 1-1) rebounded after Workman’s big play with a 65-yard drive, capped by a 6-yard hookup between quarterback Colby Kirkegaard and receiver David Carroll to tie the game 7-7 with 7:53 left in the second quarter.
The Titans finished with just 212 yards of offense.
“The defense has been carrying us, and it’s awesome,” said LeBlanc, whose team has allowed just 27 points during its winning streak.
“You can’t say it’s just a poor performance (by us),” Arcadia coach Jim Bevell said. “They’re a pretty good ballclub. . . . We didn’t play smart ball, made some mistakes, but that’s what we’ve done all year.”