Sunrise Mountain rolls past Flagstaff at NAU

Sunrise Mountain rolls past Flagstaff at NAU


Sunrise Mountain rolls past Flagstaff at NAU


Sept. 11, 2015

Sept. 11, 2015

FLAGSTAFF — In Division III, No. 2-ranked Peoria Sunrise Mountain (3-0) lit up Northern Arizona University’s Walkup Skydome for 51 points as Sunrise Mountain rolled over Flagstaff 51-6 on Friday.

Quarterback Case Cord ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns, while going 11 of 14 passes for 209 yards and three passing touchdowns.

“It was a good night for us,” Cord said. “They are a much better team than last year but we have a real good group, and we were able to stop what they were doing so credit has to go to the defense. They open up the holes. I had my problems throwing tonight, though.”

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Sunrise Mountain started the game with a 10-play, 68-yard drive, with Cord finding Bruce Utter for a 9-yard touchdown pass with 8 minutes, 6 seconds left in the first quarter.

Cord’s conversion pass was good, and Sunrise Mountain took a 8-0 lead. Sunrise Mountain made it 16-0 with 2:15 to go in the first quarter on Garrett Veldhuizen’s 6-yard run. Cord’s conversion run was good.

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Sunrise Mountain then scored on defense when Flagstaff quarterback Christian Singleton fumbled a snap and Trace Hay picked it up and rambled 39 yards for the touchdown.

“It just popped out, and I was there to grab it,” Hay said. “Then, it was just get to the end zone.”

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Cord’s pass conversion put Sunrise Mountain in front 24-0 with 1 second left in the first quarter. Cord scored his first touchdown next with 7:42 to go in the second quarter on a 63-yard run, making it 30-0.

Cord scored again on a leaping touchdown over Flagstaff (2-1) players for a 37-0 score after Wyatt Eichelberger’s kick just a minute later.

Chris Mallany added a 37-yard touchdown and led Sunrise Mountain with 80 yards and three receptions.

“It just takes awhile for us to get going,” Mallany said. “We had a good passing attack, and we just keep at it.”

Flagstaff finally scored with 3:41 to go in the third quarter when Singleton found Mitch Brownfield for a 20-yard touchdown. The conversion attempt failed. Singleton finished the game 4 of 10 for 53 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

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