Sunrise Mountain continues offensive dominance

Sunrise Mountain continues offensive dominance


Sunrise Mountain continues offensive dominance


Sunrise Mountain junior running back Garret Veldhuizen runs through the Agua Fria defense during a game against on Sept. 25, 2015 at Agua Fria in Avondale..

Sunrise Mountain junior running back Garret Veldhuizen runs through the Agua Fria defense during a game against on Sept. 25, 2015 at Agua Fria in Avondale..

So far this season, the Sunrise Mountain Mustangs offense has been summed up to one word, a juggernaut. And on Friday night in Avondale, the Mustangs solidified their stance as one of the top offensive teams in the state.

The Mustangs (5-0) offense has compiled 238 points all together over their first four games of their season, and on Friday night, they added 58 more points to that list as they beat the Agua Fria Owls, 58-3.

With their win, the Mustangs have now scored over 50 points in each of their five games this season.

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The game started with an astonishing 51-yard field goal by Agua Fria’s senior kicker Griffin Roehler. After that, everything went in favor of the Mustangs.

“It started with our offensive line tonight, without them, we would not have gotten 58 points,” said Sunrise Mountain quarterback Chase Cord. “Everyday, Monday through Thursday, we are working hard and we have no days off. We are making sure we execute every play, every day, and kind of changing it up from last year.”

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After the field goal, Sunrise Mountain scored 58 unanswered points on all but two of their possessions. Cord put in a spectacular performance as he finished 15 of 20 passing, with 253 yards through the air, along with four touchdowns.

“Chase is such a great kid on and off the field,” said Sunrise Mountain head coach James Carter. “I was awfully happy with our special teams and defensive play tonight. These guys (Agua Fria) scored 96 points last week, and we held them to three, so that’s pretty good.”

It was not just the passing game that was working for the Mustangs. Junior running back Garret Veldhuizen turned in a total of 128 yards and three touchdowns. Cord himself contributed with his legs by adding 104 yards and a touchdown. The Mustangs finished the game with 281 yards on the ground as a team. As a whole, they turned in 534 yards of offense.

Senior wide receiver Bryce Utter made his presence known as he pulled in six catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Chris Mullany added to mix as he had five catches for 89 yards and a touchdown.

Agua Fria (2-3) was coming off a game last Friday in which they scored 96 points against Washington High School and allowed 74 points. On this night, the Owls simply got beat down on their home turf to a better team.

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To make matters worse for the Owls, they allowed 435 yards of offense alone after one half of football.

For Agua Fria, they were led by senior quarterback Jaylon Green as he finished the game with 118 yards passing and 71 yards rushing. Senior wide receiver Brennen Peugh added four catches for 49 yards.

The second half was at a much slower tempo than the first, but the Mustangs still maintained total domination throughout the entire game.

“It has been a total team effort,” added Carter. “Our defense and special teams have given us plenty possessions and all parts of our game are getting better every week.”

Best of high school football 2015:

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