Yuma Catholic’s players will be having nightmares about Northwest Christian’s No. 37.
Senior Trevor Osborne did everything in his team’s 21-17 Division V semifinal win. The Northwest Christian (12-1) receiver/safety scored all of his team’s touchdowns and always seemed to be in the right spot at the right time.
“When we came into this game, we had to keep making plays and being physical,” Osborne said. “I just give it all to God and I told my guys we have to die on this field. That’s what we did and I ran my butt off. Everyone on the team, the sideline and the coaches we did this together.”
Osborne caught the game winning 29-yard touchdown pass on a wheel route which Yuma’s defense seemed to just ignore. Osborne walked in untouched swinging momentum back to his team which had been dominated all night on the ground.
Yuma Catholic (11-2) running back Kody Kazlett looked unstoppable piling up 216 rushing yards on 33 carries. His inability to put the ball in the end zone cost his team, though. On the first drive of the game Yuma took the ball rather easily to Northwest Christian’s 3-yard line, but as Kazlett was churning to try to reach the end zone, Osborne pick-pocketed the ball and strolled 99 yards untouched into the other end zone.
“I thought that they were going to blow the whistle,” Osborne said. “We had him held up. I just grabbed the ball, slipped out and kept running.”
Osborne also had a rushing touchdown on an end around which tied the game at 14-14.
Northwest Christian advanced to the final to play Morenci on Friday in Flagstaff.