Poston Butte finishes at .500 with win over Apache Junction

Florence Poston Butte traveled to Apache Junction in a Division III matchup that featured a devastating rushing offense clicking on all cylinders against a passing-based offense that misfired more often than not.

Poston Butte finished their season at .500 with an impressive 58-7 win over Apache Junction Friday night.

On the first play from scrimmage, Poston Butte quarterback Robert Herrera found Kris Davis for a 75-yard touchdown that set the tone. Herrera would go 4-for-9 for 109 yards and a touchdown.

Russell Coriveau would replace Herrera for a period in the second half, and would continue where Herrera left off. Coriveau found Cameron Davis for a 4-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter.

On the ground, running back Dustin French lost a fumble on his first touch, but would make up for it quickly. He finished the game with 13 carries for 186 yards and three touchdowns. The most impressive was a 31-yard scamper where the Apache Junction defense had the opportunity for first contact at the line of scrimmage.

Poston Butte (5-5) would roll up 501 total yards to just 234 for Apache Junction. Poston Butte’s 355 yards on the ground was on just 33 carries, for an average of 10.7 yards per carry.

Apache Junction (1-9) was feisty on Senior Night, but they couldn’t keep up. Quarterback Brett Darling had a nightmare game, going just 11-for-32 for 176 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions. He was also sacked four times, and showed visible frustration on the sidelines.

The lone bright spot was the play of wide receiver Jon McCune. He continued to get open, but the ball continued to be off target. He would get his touchdown catch late in the third quarter from 32 yards out, and would finish with seven receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown.

Running back Bronson Morgan played hard, but continued to find trouble on the outside. He was able to break four runs for over 12 yards through the middle, but the offensive line couldn’t protect him on the outside, leading to five runs that resulted in negative yardage.

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