Desert Mountain survives Notre Dame Prep comeback

Desert Mountain survives Notre Dame Prep comeback

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Desert Mountain survives Notre Dame Prep comeback

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Scottsdale Desert Mountain held off a furious comeback by Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep to win 40-37 on Friday night at Scottsdale Community College.

Quarterback Kyle Allen led Desert Mountain on a 35-yard drive and tossed a 1-yard touchdown to wide receiver Mark Andrews with 12 seconds left to seal the victory.

Desert Mountain (5-0), ranked No.7 in Division I, jumped out to an early 27-7 lead, and the game looked like it might be a blowout.

The tandem of Allen and Andrews was lethal early on, combining for 135 yards and three touchdowns before halftime and four touchdowns total.

However, Desert Mountain’s offense sputtered in the second half, going five straight possessions with no points and two turnovers as Notre Dame clawed its way back into the game.

A touchdown just before halftime from running back Luke Taffuri and a 54-yard touchdown pass to Bailey Jones by Notre Dame senior quarterback Nicholas Duckworth cut the margin to four points.

Taffuri then took a playmaking turn on defense, returning an Allen interception for a touchdown as Notre Dame (2-3) grabbed its first lead, 30-27.

The game looked to be Notre Dame’s for the taking after Allen threw a costly end-zone interception, putting Notre Dame in position to kneel for the win. However, senior Duncan Morfitt, who picked off the ball, brought it out to the 2-yard line instead of taking the touchback.

The Desert Mountain defense held strong, forcing a punt that gave the offense a short field, leading to Allen’s fifth touchdown pass of the night.

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