No. 37: St. David routs Bagdad in 2000 championship of unbeatens, wins by mercy rule in all 10 games


No. 37


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.

John Bryant coached St. David to three unbeaten seasons in four years and won titles in each of those years, including in 2000 when his team won all 10 games by mercy rule

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.

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