The Glendale Deer Valley offense operates on a “read and react” philosophy.
That’s essentially what happened Thursday night when quarterback Devon Palomino read and the offense executed to help Deer Valley defeat host Peoria Sunrise Mountain 22-7 in a non-division game.
Piling up 304 yards of total offense and Palomino completing 9-of-17 passes for 108 yards, the offense was efficient enough to push Deer Valley to a 2-1 record and help build momentum for the future.
“I thought our execution was amazing,” Palomino said. “We’ve been working since January to put in this offense, and things are beginning to click.”
It certainly helps to have capable ball carriers, and seniors Amyer Armstrong and Sy Munden combined for 196 yards, including six carries of more than 15 yards.
If the offense was scored enough to win, the Deer Valley defense appeared on the top of its game.
In holding Sunrise Mountain (1-2) to a net of 106 yards on the ground, the defense stopped on two fourth-down, first-half situations and added an interception from Zach Mageo with just under 7 minutes to play before intermission. That helped to hold Sunrise Mountain scoreless while Deer Valley scored enough to hold the opposition at bay.
Late in the third period, Deer Valley special teams made its contribution.
Facing a fourth and three from its 23, Sunrise Mountain punter Nick Bollinger’s punt was blocked by Brian Calhoun and ball rolled out of the end zone for a safety. With the two points, Deer Valley went ahead 16-7 and added a fourth-period touchdown on a 13-yard scoring run by Palomino.
“Play from our defense was exceptional,” Deer Valley coach Eric Bolus said. “I was particularly pleased with the defensive ends.”
Deer Valley scored on two of its first possessions.
First, Marquette Mitchell plunged in from 1 yard out with 6:55 to go in the opening quarter and then Amstrong’s touchdown run of 18 yards with just under 4 minutes remaining before intermission created a 14-0 advantage.
The lone Sunrise Mountain touchdown followed a blocked punt from Tristin Decker at the Deer Valley 15-yard line and recovery by Marcus Coffey. A 6-yard touchdown run from Corey Brown with 7:51 remaining in the third period followed.
For Sunrise Mountain, Brown paced the ground game with 17 carries for 79 yards and one touchdown. Quarterback Garrett Weissinger went 12-for-22 through the air for 112 yards and one interception.