Evan Tompkins provided the spark for Phoenix Pinnacle on Friday night. Fellow senior Michael Sanders took over from there.
Tompkins blocked an early field goal attempt and took it back 87 yards for the game’s first score before Tompkins threw two first-half touchdowns as Pinnacle defeated visiting Anthem Boulder Creek, 27-7, in a Division I game.
“That definitely wakes you up and gives you some momentum,” Pinnacle coach Dana Zupke said of the early special teams play. “That’s what set the tone for the game.”
Pinnacle (7-1) struggled on offense before Tompkins’ score but found the end zone on three of its next four possessions before pulling Sanders with the game in hand.
Sanders threw both of his touchdown passes to sophomore wide receiver Cules Rose and finished the game 18 of 22 for 225 yards.
The first touchdown was a 34-yard strike, and Rose was wide open after a double juke to beat the defender. Rose out-jumped the cornerback for his second score, which came just before halftime.
Rose finished the game with 59 receiving yards.
“He’s made big plays for us all year,” Tompkins said. “When we have him one-on-one, we like our chances. He is an incredible athlete.”
The early blocked kick ignited the Pinnacle defense, too.
The offense looked strong early for Boulder Creek (5-3), but its next five drives ended with three punts, an interception and a turnover on downs.
Senior defensive back Michael Harlan finished the game with two interceptions for Pinnacle.
Junior running back Josh Hoekstra scored the final Pinnacle touchdown on a 2-yard run midway through the third quarter.