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CHAMPIONSHIP: Class 1A
SCORE: St. David 50, Bagdad 8
DATE: November 4, 2000
SITE: Apache Junction High School
GAME SUMMARY: A battle of unbeaten teams — No. 1 St. David and No. 2 Bagdad — turned into a lopsided affair as the Tigers won by halftime by mercy rule. Class 1A-3A rules at the time prohibited a game from continuing when the margin reached 42 points at or after halftime.
St. David (10-0) capped its third unbeaten season in the last four years. The Tigers, whose 30-man roster rivaled those of larger schools in Southern Arizona, also won its third title in four years.
Even more remarkable: St. David won by the 42-point mercy rule in all of its 10 games that season.
The Tigers’ offensive lineman dominated the defensive front of Bagdad (9-1).
St. David junior quarterback Bowdie Gill finished with 85 yards passing and 31 rushing. He accounted for four touchdowns, including two scoring strikes to Cory Holgate, a rushing touchdown and a 33-yard punt return to the end zone.
Houston Reynolds had 39 rushing yards and two TDs.
THEY SAID IT: “We dominated all year and were really strong. We’re strong on the line and have good receivers and a good quarterback. We basically had everything, so it’s going to be hard for any 1A school to compete with that.” — St. David coach John Bryant to the Arizona Republic.