LOCAL GLANCE Aug. 30: Prep Football, boys golf, JUCO volleyball
San Pasqual certainly had a nice welcome back to varsity football.
After not fielding a varsity team last year, the Warriors started the season with a 44-0 victory over Salt River on Friday night.
Andrew Luna rushed for 205 yards and three touchdowns, all of which were more than 25 yards – including runs of 45 yards and 36 yards. James Gatling added 175 yards, including a 73-yard run and also added a 60-yard kick return for a touchdown. Rodrigo Garcia chipped in 90 rushing yards, including a 23-yard touchdown run for the Warriors, who are playing 8-man football this year.
“We’re extremely pleased but we got to get their nose to the grindstone and keep them focused,” Warrior coach Sal Pineda said.
Defensively, Daniel Leo Alvarez had around 14 tackles, according to Pineda.
“He was all over the field,” Pineda said.
Poston Butte tops Gila Ridge
It certainly wasn’t the start of the season the Gila Ridge football season was expecting.
The Hawks had to wait two hours because of stormy weather with lightning before losing 20-3 to Poston Butte on a rainy Friday night.
Robbie Mecham had a 35-yard field goal for the Hawks in a loss.
Gila Ridge coach Tom Hurt said the bad weather definitely hindered the Hawks’ offense but he was impressed with the Broncos.
“They were a better team,” Hurt said. “(The rain) did affect us, but they had a dominant line.”
San Luis falls to Trevor Browne
After a soaked field from this week’s storms moved San Luis’ home opener to Gila Ridge, the Sidewinder football team lost 58-0 to Trevor Browne on Friday night.
“The first quarter we played pretty well, but they were just so much faster than us,” San Luis coach Doug Thompson said.
Thompson said he was pleased with the play of running backs Oscar Torres and Manuel Gonzalez.
The loss extends San Luis’ losing streak to 47 games, which it hopes it will snap at home against Antelope on Friday.
Antelope loses opener
The Antelope football team opened up the season with a 49-6 loss to Phoenix Christian on Friday night.
Stats were not made available.
AWC storms back for win
The Arizona Western volleyball team came back from 2-1 on Friday in Glendale for a 19-25, 25-23, 23-25, 26-24, 15-8 win.
The Matadors improve to 2-0 before facing rival Eastern Arizona at home Wednesday.
Abbie Noland had 19 kills and Amber Graham added 15.
“It is always great to get a five game comeback win early in the season,” coach Jason Smith said. “These games really galvanize teams. We got a lot of work to do before next week’s games.”
PREP BOYS GOLF
Gila Ridge stays hot
The Gila Ridge boys golf team won its third straight match to start the year, beating Youngker and Yuma High on Friday.
The Hawks carded a 174 to Youngker’s 208. Jacob Preacher earned medalist for the second time this season with a 39, while Ben Jackson shot a 41.
Yuma High had only three golfers and did not register a team score.