Phoenix Desert Vista gained some renewed confidence Friday as it looks to move up in the standings, steamrolling visiting Tempe Corona del Sol 48-0 in a Division I game.
Desert Vista (4-1) was led by its two senior running backs, Jarek Hilgers and Zach Gonzalez. Hilgers started the scoring on their first offensive play of the game with a 20-yard touchdown run. He would add an 8-yard touchdown run later in the first quarter to extend the lead to 14-0 for Desert Vista.
Gonzalez would make his mark in the second quarter, with a 30-yard touchdown run and a 7-yard touchdown reception within a two-minute timeframe.
Desert Vista coach Dan Hinds praised his squad.
“Our focus was to put together good quarters and limit mistakes,” Hinds said. “I think we did that tonight.”
Corona del Sol (2-3) turned the ball over on its first two possessions, which led to Desert Vista touchdowns. Senior running back James Contes ran hard but couldn’t find much room against the stout Desert Vista defense.
Penalties also doomed Corona del Sol as three first-half personal fouls added to an already difficult task of slowing down Desert Vista. By halftime, it was 35-0 and the rout was on.
The second half didn’t start well as Desert Vista marched down the field and scored on a Hilgers 11-yard touchdown run, his third of the night, to take a 42-0 lead.
Senior quarterback Matt Young of Desert Vista battled inconsistency and dropped passes, but was able to overcome adversity and ended up with touchdown passes of seven and 11 yards.
Corona del Sol coach Tom Joseph was understandably upset with his team’s effort.
“You either buy in to what we’re doing, or get out,” he said.