Goodyear Desert Edge coach Rich Wellbrock has heard all season about his team’s schedule, but on Friday its answered a lot of critics, dominating Goodyear Estrella Foothills 52-7 at Estrella Foothills High School in a non-division game.
“We have heard all season who we have played and who we haven’t, but tonight these kids came out and showed what we can do on the football field,” he said.
After Estrella Foothills’ Najee Jacobs took a hand-off on the opening play from scrimmage and raced up the middle untouched for a 64-yard touchdown, Wellbrock made no changes.
“I just went (to the kid) who missed the assignment and said ‘you missed this,’ and he said back to me, ‘I know, coach, I got it’ and that was the only adjustment, if you can call it that.”
Goodyear Desert Edge scored on six of its first seven possessions.
Sawyer Lung accounted for six touchdowns (four passing and two rushing) as Desert Edge took advantage of great field position. Desert Edge started on average from mid-field all game.
“We got some great field position, and the kids took advantage of it when we had it,” Wellbrook said. “It may have looked easy, but the kids really worked hard all game.”
Lung opened Desert Edge’s scoring by rumbling 1-yard up the middle for the early game-tying touchdown with just under nine minutes left in the first quarter. After an Estrella Foothills punt, Lung then tossed a short pass to Jordan Jackson, who raced down the sideline 55 yards to give Desert Edge the lead for good with just over seven minutes left in the first quarter.
“When you have a quarterback like (Lung), we can do a lot of different things and both throw and run the ball,” Wellbrock said. “It also helps to have a horse like (Kyle Woolard) to have defense focus on.”
Woolard set up two Lung first-quarter rushing touchdowns, one with a 74-yard run up the middle late in the first quarter.
“Yeah, that’s me. the mean coach. (Woolard) does all the work, and I call a quarterback sneak,” Wellbrock said laughing after the game. “Seriously, (Woolard) is a great kid, and he knows that he is a big part of this team and I just like to change things up.”
Woolard finished with 138 yards and one touchdown and Lung added 37 yards on the ground and two short touchdown runs. Lung also completed six passes for 148 yards and four touchdown passes to lead Desert Edge.
“He is just playing great football right now,” Wellbrock said. “Throwing or running, we know we can count on him to get the job done.”
Desert Edge held Estrella Foothills to 109 total yards, including 12 second-half yards as the Desert Edge defense had six sacks of Estrella Foothill quarterbacks. Will Rodriguez and J.R. Para each had two sacks to lead a dominating Desert Edge defense.
“We wanted to make a statement and I think the kids did a good job of executing tonight,” Wellbrock said. “There is no ceiling for this football team, and I think we are just scratching the surface of how good we can be.”