Buena coach Joseph Thomas went to Facebook about two weeks ago to see if anybody would fill the season-opening schedule slot Friday for the Colts.
After nobody responded to that plea, the unexpected happened to help Buena schedule an opponent.
Cave Creek Cactus Shadows on Tuesday was forced to cancel its game against San Tan Valley Combs because a player tested positive for COVID-19 forcing the entire team to go into quarantine for two weeks.
.@BuenaFootball goes up 13-7 over @football_combs after Austin Grimm hits his big receiver RJ Armstrong on the fade route in the endzone. Good back and forth first half action and honestly just good to be covering high school football again! #AZPreps365 @AZPreps365 pic.twitter.com/ZkRCK59qYq
Combs needed a replacement and Buena immediately filled that void.
The Colts responded well to the limited amount of time to prepare for Combs. They beat the Coyotes 33-20 behind three touchdown passes by senior quarterback Austin Grimm, who took on the starting role after four-year starter Jovoni Borbon graduated.
Grimm threw two touchdown passes to R.J. Armstrong (70 and 23 yards) and another to Keyon Taylor (38 yards).
.@BuenaFootball Sr. QB Austin Grimm is feeling it tonight. He throws his 3rd td of the first half with 4.2 seconds left to Keyon Taylor. Buena leads Combs @football_combs 27-13 at halftime. @AZPreps365 #AZPreps365 pic.twitter.com/zrxoBsJCjm
Jelani Brown also scored on a 3-yard run.
Kailey Peters, a senior who also competes for Buena’s girls soccer team, made field goals of 25 and 23 yards.
“I loved how my teammates and I came out and played hard,” senior running back Tory Walters said. “We knew we were the better team. We just had to reflect on it. We did what we were supposed to do and came out with a successful victory. We worked really hard to get here tonight. We knew we had to win.”
Buena’s defense also held Combs to only 202 total yards of offense.
The Colts next play at Salpointe on Friday. The Lancers are coming off a 29-21 win over Casa Grande on last night.
Salpointe 29, Casa Grande 21
Pusch Ridge 41, Eastmark 6
Benson 21, Veritas Prep 0
— Benson RB Devin Bowling had two touchdown runs of 25 and 15 yards.
— QB Brock Determan, son of head coach, opened the scoring with 1-yard sneak.
Sequoia Pathway 38, Bisbee 22
— One of the lone bright spots for Bisbee was junior speedster Geoffrey Gribble, who returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
Santa Cruz Valley 61, San Tan Charter 0
— Santa Cruz RB Hunter Ogle rushed for three TDs, including a 45-yard score on a direct snap. The others went for 32 and 30 yards.
— Santa Cruz QB Wyatt Ogle scored on an 18-yard run. Wyatt also threw two TD passes.
— Santa Cruz RB David Avilez rushed for a 48-yard TD.
— Santa Cruz RB Ricardo Alaniz scored on a 20-yard run.
Scottsdale Prep 47, Tombstone 17
— Tombstone’s touchdowns were scored by senior wideouts Payton Foster and Nick Campbell.
St. David 50, Lincoln Prep 14
— Senior QB Logan Davis completed 10 of 20 passes for 197 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions to lead St. David to the opening 1A win. Davis also rushed for 93 yards on five carries with a touchdown.
— RB Taylon Haynie rushed for 127 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown.
— WR Kason Jacquez had five receptions for 58 yards with a touchdown.
Superior 54, Valley Union 0
— Tough loss for Valley Union, which had suffered a rash of injuries leading up to Friday’s game. More of the same happened in the loss. According to the Herald-Review, Valley Union senior running back Jacob Snoke seriously injured his arm, leaving the field on a stretcher and was taken by ambulance to the Douglas Emergency Department for additional treatment.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9
5A Buena (1-0) at 5A Salpointe (1-0), 7 p.m.
3A Pusch Ridge (1-0) at 3A Yuma Catholic (1-0), 7 p.m.
3A Coolidge (1-0) at 2A Santa Cruz (1-0), 7 p.m.
2A Miami (1-0) at 2 Benson (1-0), 7 p.m.
2A Bisbee (0-1) at 2A Globe (0-0), 7 p.m.
2A Valley Lutheran (0-1) at 2A Willcox (0-0), 7 p.m.
2A Tombstone (0-1) at 2A Maricopa Sequoia Pathway (1-0), 7 p.m.
1A St. David (1-0) at 1A Valley Union (0-1), 6 p.m.
1A San Manuel (0-0) at 1A Duncan (0-1), 6 p.m.
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