With one win between the two teams, the Battle of West Phoenix between Phoenix Trevor Browne and Phoenix Maryvale was hardly the marquee meeting of the night for Arizona prep football.
But many of the thousands of spirited Trevor Browne fans, which packed the sizable stands on their side of the field, ran onto the field to congratulate their players after a rivalry victory as if their team had just qualified for the playoffs.
“This is like Georgia-Georgia Tech or Auburn-Alabama to us,” Trevor Browne coach Richard Helton said after Trevor Browne pounded Maryvale 43-0 in the rivalry game at Trevor Browne.
Trevor Browne quarterback Jack Peru led the potent Browne ground attack with 150 rushing yards on 28 carries and three touchdowns. Teammate Isiais Ochoa added a pair of touchdowns as Trevor Browne (2-8) rolled up 421 yards of rushing offense.
Peru broke open a fairly close game with three second-half TD runs of 41, 13 and 21 yards.
“We came out and said that we were going to run the football tonight and we did,” Helton said.
Trevor Browne got going early. After punting the ball away on its first drive of the game, Trevor Browne marched 68 yards on nine plays, mostly on the ground. Daniel Chavarin carried for 17 yard to the Maryvale 10. Ochoa the took it in from the 10 and Peru ran in the two-point conversion for an 8-0 Browne lead with two minutes, 30 seconds left in the first quarter.
Trevor Browne got the ball back after a Maryvale (0-9) three-and-out and again put together a lengthy drive (12 plays. 70 yards) to extend the lead to 14-0. Ochoa went for 17 yards to the Maryvale 19. Three plays later, lineman Noah Cooper picked up a loose football and carried it in from four yards out with 5:17 left in the half.
Trevor Browne drove deep into Maryvale territory late in the half but failed on a fourth-down play at the Maryvale 17 and turned it over on downs.
Peru upped the lead to 21-0 with a dazzling 41-yard run off to the right side on the first drive of the third quarter. Browne, and Peru, scored touchdowns on each of their first three drives of the second half to put the game on ice.