Glendale Ironwood made the trip to the East Valley for a Division II, non-section showdown against Gilbert Mesquite, but it may want to forget this one. Mesquite started fast, leading 27-0 after the first quarter, then coasted, en route to a 41-13 rout.
Mesquite (3-1) was led by senior quarterback Payton Haslam, who went 8 for 9 through the air for 175 yards and three touchdowns. He was replaced late in the second quarter when the game was well in hand.
Haslam connected on an 11-yard strike to Nolan Tondreau, a 66-yard quick-hitter to Juan Giraldo and a 5-yard rollout to Jordan Robinson. He was rarely pressured and his only incompletion looked to be a simple timing error.
Senior running back Paul Perry started the scoring with a 9-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter. He would control the pace on the ground, rushing 16 times for 84 yards in the first half. He would play sparingly in the second half, but it was enough to get over 100 yards, finishing with 21 carries for 113 yards.
Ironwood (0-4) couldn’t get out of its own way in the first half. Junior quarterback Justin Cameron struggled, then was replaced by Jett Robertson, who accounted for 30 of the team’s 33 yards in the first half.
Cameron would give Ironwood reason to cheer, as he returned in the second half and connected on a 63-yard touchdown pass to Jourdain Dong late in the third quarter. He would then hit Tanner Lynn for an 82-yard touchdown in the fourth.
In the end it was too little, too late for Ironwood. It was a nice treat for the Mesquite fans on Junior High night, as they hadn’t won a home game since Sept 30, 2011.