Pregame homecoming fireworks at Phoenix Greenway set off car alarms Thursday night.
That wasn’t all that went off.
Peoria Sunrise Mountain running back Corey Brown ran for a career-high six touchdowns, four in the first half, in a 56-21 Division III football rout.
It was a second consecutive win for Sunrise Mountain, and by far, its most impressive since getting hit with injuries and struggling through a three-game losing streak.
“We were hit with adversity, but we told our kids to bounce back,” coach James Carter said. “I’m proud of my coaches. I’m proud of my kids. They did a great job this week.”
It was the second year in a row Greenway lost on a Thursday night Cox 7 TV game. Last year, Phoenix Thunderbird and running back Kani Benoit were unstoppable on a Thursday night at Greenway.
Greenway (3-3), coming off an impressive win over Glendale Cactus, traded touchdowns with Sunrise Mountain for much of the first quarter, before quarterback Chase Cord hit Garrett Weissinger on a 69-yard scoring play, starting a 28-0 Sunrise Mountain run the rest of the half.
Browns’s 1-yard scoring run with 2:17 left in the half gave Sunrise Mountain (3-3) a 42-14 lead.
Brown scored on runs of 4, 8, 18, 1, 4 and 2 yards. His last touchdown came with 9:47 left.
“My linemen blocked well and opened up holes and that allowed me to get yards and score touchdowns,” said Brown, who filled the go-to role left by Elijah Castro’s spring transfer to Scottsdale Chaparral. “Coach always says, ‘Next man up.’ (Castro) is a great player, but I had to step up. I felt I could do this.”
After a longer-than-usual halftime homecoming ceremony, Greenway scored on the third play of the third quarter with Kade Greenhalgh hitting Zane Butts for a 72-yard touchdown.
Sunrise Mountain answered right back with Brown capping a 55-yard drive with a 4-yard scoring run.
“We made a lot of mistakes,” Greenway coach K.J. Anthony said. “We had a plan and we didn’t come through with the plan. Too many mistakes, unlike last week.
“It’s a short week. We’re playing on TV. We haven’t done a very good job on that. I’ll have to look back on that. This isn’t the first time that happened.
“A lot of it came down to blocking and tackling guys.”