Road wins are never easy to come by, but Scottsdale Christian Academy seems to have found a working formula.
Scottsdale Christian’s 34-14 victory over Phoenix Christian not only extended the school’s winning streak to four, but improved its road record to a perfect 4-0 on the season.
The night did not begin as planned for Scottsdale Christian Academy (6-1) as senior quarterback Luke O’Neill threw an interception in the team’s opening possession. However, his team quickly found its bearings and took control of the game.
Scottsdale Christian’s second possession, a methodical run-heavy drive resulted in a four-yard touchdown run from senior running back Chaz Dudley. Nothing Phoenix Christian (6-2) did defensively could stop Scottsdale Christian Academy on its scoring drive as the one mistake Scottsdale Christian made, a high snap that O’Neill barely caught, resulted in a 12-yard gain as the signal caller scampered along the sideline to set up a first and goal situation.
Later in the first half, Scottsdale Christian extended its lead to 13-0 as O’Neill completed his 11th touchdown pass of the season, a 37-yarder to a wide open Dudley.
Scottsdale Christian’s offensive onslaught continued into the second half with three touchdown drives. One of those second half scoring drives ended with Dudley’s third touchdown of the night.
Defensively, Scottsdale Christian made its presence felt. The defensive unit was constantly invading Phoenix Christian’s backfield and giving senior quarterback John DeBus fits.
DeBus, who threw his 14th and 15th touchdown passes of the season in the second half, threw an interception on the first possession of the game and was unable to find a rhythm for the majority of the night.
As a whole, the Phoenix Christian offense was stifled and had to punt on four of its nine drives.