Desert Vista shuts out Dobson

Desert Vista shuts out Dobson

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Desert Vista shuts out Dobson

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Senior Jarek Hilgers chipped in three short touchdown runs to lead Phoenix Desert Vista to a 49-0 victory over visiting Mesa Dobson on Friday night.

Desert Vista (7-2), which celebrated its final home game of the regular season with its annual homecoming festivities, controlled the Division I game from start to finish.

Needing only six plays to travel 52 yards, Desert Vista scored a touchdown on its first possession. Senior quarterback Matt Young completed two passes on the scoring drive, including a 14-yard toss to senior Nick Farina for a touchdown with 9:02 left in the first quarter.

Dobson ended its first drive with a punt, and Desert Vista spent the next 4:51 marching for its second touchdown. Hilgers capped the drive with a three-yard touchdown run up the middle.

After another Dobson punt, Desert Vista upped its lead to 21-0 thanks to a nifty 38-yard touchdown run by senior Kaleb Germinaro with 7:14 left before intermission.

The game’s competitiveness slipped away for good when Farina intercepted a pass two plays into Dobson’s next possession and returned it to Dobson’s 2-yard line. Hilgers rushed the ball into in the end zone untouched on the next play, and Desert Vista led 28-0 after senior kicker Garrison Schwartz’s fourth extra point in the first 17:02.

Dobson (1-8) mounted a nice drive late in the first half, but it ended at Desert Vista’s 24-yard line as time expired.

Desert Vista quickly erased what little momentum Dobson had gained with its late first-half drive by forcing two punts and scoring touchdowns on its first two drives of the second half.

Junior Anthony Abbadessa set up Desert Vista’s second touchdown of the second half — a six-yard run by Hilgers – with an electrifying 52-yard punt return. After senior kicker Ian Pletenik booted the extra-point to give Desert Vista A 42-0 lead with 5:23 left in the third quarter, the game switched to a running-clock format, per AIA rule.

Senior quarterback Gabe Martinez played well for Dobson. Martinez completed 16 of 33 passes for 185 yards. Junior receiver Zach Bright caught four of those passes for 49 yards.

At halftime, Desert Vista announced its first Hall of Fame class. The inductees included football players Zach Miller, Brent Miller, John Rattay and Bobby Wade. All but Zach Miller, a tight end with the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, attended the ceremony at midfield.

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