Higley wins sloppy, physical game vs. Vista Grande

Higley wins sloppy, physical game vs. Vista Grande


Higley wins sloppy, physical game vs. Vista Grande


Gilbert Higley used a grinding running game and a suffocating defense in their 38-6 Division III victory over Casa Grande Vista Grande on Friday night.

Higley (3-2) got on the board first with a touchdown run on its opening drive, as senior quarterback Mythias Young punched it in from the three-yard line..

Not to be outdone, Vista Grande senior quarterback Patrick Amerson completed his first eight passes to begin the game, including a touchdown to senior receiver Tevon Mitchell that brought it within one, the closest they would get to Higley.

Young would score again later in the first on a 1-yard run, as he totaled 140 rushing yards in the first half alone.

The first half would end in a state of confusion, as penalty flags littered the field and each team calling timeouts to get their teams together. The teams went into the locker room up 15-6 as both coaches tried to keep the game in control.

“The players just play, and that’s my job to take care of the refs and talk to them,” Higley coach Eddy Zubey said.

The beginning of the second half would signal a huge shift in a momentum as Higley, who received to begin the game, attempted an onside kick and Young recovered the ball to give his team possession.

As if recovering the kick was not enough, Young then threw a touchdown pass to senior receiver Cole Cook and converted the two-point conversion as well.

Vista Grande (1-4) tried keeping it close, but an errant pass from Amerson landed in the hands of Higley junior Corey Strand, who took the ball back for a touchdown.

“It was just a play that happens,” Vista Grande coach Carlo Hernandez said. “I told him I thought he did a good job controlling the game. I thought he managed the game well.”

Vista Grande also had trouble containing the two-headed running attack of Young and senior running back Thomas Bush, who had multiple carries of more than 20 yards in the second half. Young ended up with four total touchdowns while Bush had twenty carries for 162 yards.

On the other side of the ball, the defensive unit for Higley keeps getting stronger, as Zubey pointed out that the team’s only allowed six offensive touchdowns through five games.

With two blowout wins in back-to-back weeks, Higley has a lot of momentum, but it isn’t satisfied yet.

“We keep playing better, but we have a lot of stuff we still need to get better at,” Zubey added. “It’s just a win. It builds confidence.”


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