Yuma Catholic football coach Rhett Stallworth was happy to get out of River Valley with a win.
Playing a tough Dust Devils team, the Shamrocks scored a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter then hung on for a 21-17 victory on Friday.
“We came down here and faced a lot of adversity on the field and fought hard,” Stallworth said. “It showed some character. It showed some moxie.”
Trailing 17-14 in the fourth quarter, Shamrocks junior quarterback Jagan Cleary found junior running back Carter Rodriguez up the middle and Rodriguez took it 54 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. On the night, Cleary finished 22 for 32 with 240 yards and two touchdowns – his favorite target being Rodriguez, who finished with six catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
Yuma Catholic (3-1) entered ranked No. 5 in Division V while River Valley (3-1) was No. 3 in Division IV, according to a media poll.