Tucson High School Sports

Frog & Firkin Football Friday: Buena Dominates Second Straight Week of Impromptu Game

Buena does not have a game scheduled for next Friday, so perhaps coach Joe Thomas should on Tuesday schedule an opponent on the road for the open date.

For the second straight week, Buena scheduled its opponent on a Tuesday the week of a game, and both times now, the Colts have emerged as convincing winners near the Phoenix area.

Keyon Taylor scores on an 86-yard TD reception (Coconino County Sports Network screen shot)

After the Colts’ game at Salpointe scheduled for Friday was postponed until Oct. 23 because a Lancer tested positive for COVID-19 last week, they traveled to Scottsdale to face Paradise Valley and routed the Trojans 58-6.

Last week, Buena went to San Tan Valley and beat Combs 33-20 after Combs’ originally scheduled opponent, Cave Creek Cactus Shadows, had to back out because a player tested positive for COVID-19.

Buena had 431 yards of total offense against Paradise Valley, including 250 on the ground, and its defense once again held the opponent in check.

The standouts for the Colts against Paradise Valley (0-2):

— QB Austin Grimm completed 9 of 12 pass attempts for 181 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed six times for 43 yards.

— WR Keyon Taylor, a junior, caught seven passes for 129 yards, including an 86-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter that opened the scoring. Taylor also had a punt return for 40 yards.

— RB Jelani Brown had nine rushes for 147 yards with an 82-yard touchdown run.

Isaac Benoit runs for a 68-yard score (CCSN video screen shot)

— RB Isaac Benoit carried the ball six times for 95 yards, including a 68-yard score.

— TE William Stemler caught a 48-yard touchdown pass.

— RB Mark Jusino had three carries for 32 yards with a touchdown.

— LB Rhubin Harris caused a fumble and recovered it deep in Buena territory to thwart Paradise Valley’s first possession. He later scored on a 33-yard interception return.

— FS Austin Cox had an interception.

Buena is 2-0 heading into its scheduled game at Salpointe Oct. 23 (Lorena Ochoa/Special to AllSportsTucson.com)

— LB Damien Garza returned an interception 40 yards to set up a score.

— PK Kailey Peters accounted for nine points for the second consecutive week. She made a 19-yard field goal (she has made all three of her attempts this season) and was 6 of 7 on her extra-point attempts.

Buena’s scheduled remaining games as of now are at Salpointe (Oct. 23), at Casa Grande (Oct. 30) and at home against Cienega (Nov. 13).

Yuma Christian 14, Pusch Ridge 7

Pusch Ridge’s lone score came on a 99-yard interception return by Bryce Jewell.

Yuma Christian sophomore quarterback Richard Stallworth threw for 322 yards and two scores.

Eloy Santa Cruz 48, Coolidge 18

Benson 40, Miami 16

Benson improved to 2-0 behind three touchdown runs by Devin Browning.

Tristan Martinez also had a 45-yard touchdown run for the Bobcats.

Angel Rigney returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown. Mundo Esparza also had an interception.

Benson QB Brok Determan added to the scoring with a 26-yard pass to Jimmy Lerblance.

Benson plays at Pima next Friday.

Sequoia Pathway 55, Tombstone 0

Tombstone (0-2) had difficulty defending Sequoia Pathway QB Alex Montano, who completed 7 of 9 passes for 246 yards and four touchdowns.

Tombstone QB Brandon Redenbo ran for 45 yards in Tombstone’s triple-option offense.

The Yellow Jackets next host Willcox on Friday. Willcox’s first two games of the season were canceled because of COVID-19 implications.

Globe 20, Bisbee 14

Bisbee started the season 0-2 with a tough loss at Globe on Friday. The Pumas next host Morenci on Friday.

St. David 45, Valley Union 0

Robby Gooding’s 82-yard kickoff return to open the game set the tone for St. David, which is 2-0. Valley Union dropped to 0-2 after the 1A South game.

Taylon Haynie rushed for 122 yards on nine carries, including a 76-yard touchdown. Haynie has 249 yards on 26 carries with three touchdowns through the first two games.

Reo Larson also caught a 39-yard scoring strike from QB Logan Davis.

St. David will host Duncan on Friday while Valley Union is off until hosting San Manuel on Oct. 23.

San Manuel 46, Duncan 14

San Manuel’s move from 2A to 1A this season started prosperously with the season-opening win at Duncan.

San Manuel next hosts Fort Thomas on Friday.

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