The rollercoaster season continues for the Yuma Catholic Shamrocks, something this program isn’t used to under Rhett Stallworth.
YC fell 48-28 at American Leadership Academy-Gilbert North on Friday night.
The Eagles raced to a 19-0 lead in the first half and the Shamrocks couldn’t play catch-up.
“We didn’t tackle anybody,” Stallworth said. “I mean that’s the bottom line. When you don’t tackle anybody and playing from behind, there are not a whole lot of options available.”
YC (4-4 overall) cut the lead to two possessions late in the second quarter, but allowed the Eagles to march down field and push the lead back to 19 at the half.
Despite averaging 290.5 yards in his previous two games and having three touchdowns on Friday, star tailback Jamar McFarlane was limited to just 66 yards. The quick deficit erased much of the running game as Gage Reese tossed the ball 29 times for 207 yards.
Reese threw one touchdown and three interceptions on the night.
The defensive effort by the Shamrocks hurt them the most as they allowed 35-plus points for the third time this season.
“They didn’t have to throw the ball at all,” Stallworth explained. “They ran all over us. They ate up the clock the whole night because we can’t tackle.”
YC has two more games remaining, including hosting Paradise Honors next week on senior night, but Stallworth’s team must look into the mirror if they want to keep the program’s 17-year streak of state playoff appearances intact.
“Well, they have to win if they want to make it to the playoffs,” Stallworth said. “At the end of the day, these guys have to decide if they want to play this game or not instead of going through the motions.”
YC entered Friday’s game No. 10 in 3A, while ALA-GN (4-4) was No. 15.
ESTRELLA FOOTHILLS 32, YUMA HIGH 6
Estrella Foothills (4-4 overall, 2-0 region) used a variety of trick plays and screens to win 32-6 on the road as the Criminals (1-7, 0-4) dropped their sixth straight game.
The loss for the Criminals wasn’t due to a lack of effort, but execution.
The Criminals ran 48 plays in the first half (33 in the second quarter), but didn’t produce any points. Costly malfunctions including a fumble on the 8-yard line and a failed 4th down conversion inside the 25 halted any momentum generated on the drives.
“We controlled the tempo,” coach Curt Weber said. “We just didn’t have any points to show for. It was 19-0 at the half.”
Yuma High scored quickly in the opening minutes of the second half. The Criminals defense jumped in front of a quick screen and gave its offense terrific field position.
Isaac Torres scored just three plays later, scampering in from eight yards out. That cut the deficit to 13 points.
Needing defensive stops, the Criminals couldn’t get them as the unit remained on the field for the majority of the second half.
In the Criminals’ defeat, quarterback Jaynoah Medel went 11-for-24 for 176 yards and two interceptions. Once again, wide receiver Alex Mosqueda had a terrific night, reeling in seven catches for 115 yards.
“He’s been double covered in each of the last three weeks, too,” Weber said of Mosqueda.
Yuma High next plays Friday against Cibola.
ANTELOPE 35, SCOTTSDALE PREP 9
Trey Hohlbein, Sam Martinez and Dylan Thomas had big nights as the Rams (5-3 overall, 2-1 region) handed the Spartans (4-3, 2-1) their first 2A Salt region defeat of the year.
Hohlbein completed 11 of 16 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns, Martinez ran for 180 yards and one touchdown, and Thomas (104 yards receiving) had a 77-yard touchdown reception and also an interception on defense.
William Whitley also had an interception, which he returned 57 yards for a touchdown. Chris Pelfrey had a 53-yard touchdown catch.
Antelope — which at No. 20 in the 2A state rankings still has a shot at the playoffs — has now won two straight since dropping its region opener at Veritas Prep on Oct. 4, and next plays Friday at home against North Pointe Prep.