Jake Vehonsky had 207 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries as Highland picked up its second win of the year, a 38-21 victory over visiting Desert Mountain on Thursday.
After Hawks’ quarterback Blake Young connected with wideout Tyler Hatch for a 65-yard score to start the game, Vehonsky took over with touchdown runs of 16, 19 and 2 yards, all in the second half, to break open a 10-7 halftime lead.
For the game, Highland (2-5) outrushed the Wolves 256-108 and pushed its lead to 31-7 in the fourth quarter despite being penalized 16 times for 169 yards.
Desert Mountain quarterback Kyle Allen was 12-for-23 for 203 yards, but was picked off three times by the Hawks' defense.
Highland will look to continue their winning ways when they face Mesa Mountain View at home next Friday, while Desert Mountain (2-5) hosts Surprise Willow Canyon.
Williams Field 58, Apache Junction 14: Running back Alex Howard had 11 carries for 230 yards and five touchdowns as the host-Black Hawks rebounded from a rough start to steamroll Apache Junction. In addition to a stellar game by Howard, the Black Hawks also got a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Sean Schweichler that propelled Williams Field to a 23-point third quarter. Down 28-14 at the half, the Prospectors failed to score in the second half as they turned the ball over four times in the game. The Black Hawks (6-1) will host Casa Grande Vista Grande next Friday, while Apache Junction (1-6) will look to rebound on the road at Lakeside Blue Ridge.
Notre Dame 35, Shadow Mountain 14: Notre Dame quarterback Jordan Gehrke threw a 45-yard touchdown on fourth-and-2 late in the third quarter to put away host Phoenix Shadow Mountain. With the ball near midfield, Gehrke flung the ball to Hunter Bross as he was being sacked, and Bross did the rest by breaking a tackle on the way to a score. Gehrke’s big play wasn’t the only big play the Saints made in the third quarter. Notre Dame defender Luke Tuffuri got things started when he came across the middle and intercepted an errant Matador pass for a 21-yard interception return that increased the Saints' lead to 28-7. Notre Dame (3-4) led 21-7 at the half thanks in part to a Nick Cole 3-yard touchdown run that was set up by an interception and 35-yard return by Saints cornerback Mo White just before the end of the first half. Next up for Notre Dame is a home game at Scottsdale Community College on Friday versus Cactus Shadows.
McClintock 28, South Mountain 0: Sammy Jones had all four touchdowns for McClintock as the Chargers blanked visiting South Mountain. McClintock defensive back Joe Wells led the defense with a pair of interceptions. The Chargers (3-4) play next Thursday when the travel to Marcos de Niza.