Flowing Wells 54, Palo Verde 0
Dionte Flores, Tyler Stiltner and Julio Sandoval. Get used to those names.
The three Flowing Wells seniors just might be a trivia question in a decade or so. What players helped lead Flowing Wells to a playoff spot in 2015?
True Palo Verde (0-1) has struggled since the Todd Mayfield era but No. 8 Flowing Wells (1-0) has also struggled. Even with a 7-3 season last year, the Caballeros were unable to earn a playoff spot. Three losses puts you on the edge while two or less puts you in. That’s what history shows.
Flores rushed for three touchdowns and finished with 175 yards on 14 carries.
He is our preseason RB for a reason. As long as he remains healthy, he is one of the best in his position in the state. Flores is credited with nine games last year but he only really played in seven full games yet finished with 1,423 yards rushing and 24 TDs.
Stiltner caught four passes for 109 yards and pulled down three TDs for an average of 34 yards each. Big plays lead to big wins. Although he wasn’t the focus of the Flowing Wells offense last year, his ability down the field will only open up the inside for Flores. Watch out.
Sandoval threw for 175 yards, threw for three TDs and ran for another. He hasn’t thrown that many yards in a game since his sophomore season. The emergence of Flores shifted the offense to a running attack last year but the game plan appears to be complete this fall for Coach Mark Brunenkant.
Flowing Wells will host Deming, New Mexico next Friday. The Wildcats finished 5-5 last year.
Palo Verde will host D-V Santa Cruz next week. Clifford Brown led Palo Verde with 41 yards rushing and 55 receiving.
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