The Sonoran Sidewinders have yet to capture that elusive win that they have been chasing since the first week of the season.
A promising start to the the game Saturday night for the Sidewinders quickly unraveled to a 36-6 loss to the Papago Pumas at Santa Rita High School.
“We had trouble with our protections, we had troubke with our offensive line being able to pick things up,” Sonoran Sidewinders head coach Hal Reeser said. ”I think a part if that is the pressure that the Pumas put on people. In terms of our execution, our execution just wasn’t there.”
The defense hung tight with the high powered Papago offense, but just could not get off the field due to a handful of three-and-out possessions by the offense.
The Sidewinder offense’s struggles continue as they have only managed to score in one of four games.
The Pumas scored the first and only touchdown of the first quarter by stripping the ball from offensive lineman Maurice Orosco. The score was 6-0 with 6:02 remaining after the blocked extra-point atrempt.
Papago then went on a 18-0 scoring run in the second quarter.
The fourth touchdown of the half came from a goal line run up the middle. The two-point attempt was unsuccessful, making it 24-0 with 1:56 before halftime.
The Sidewinders looked determined to turn the game around to start the third quarter.
Midway through the quarter, Tyler Haynie of St. David connected with Robert Gadayev pf Phoenix Thunderbird on the goal line to shorten the Pumas’ lead.
The score was 24-6 with 5:21 remaining in the third quarter after the botched extra point.
The Pumas then scored two more touchdowns to close the game out.
The Sidewinders’ next game will be Nov. 12 at Santa Rita. They will take on the Maricopa Mustangs at 7 p.m.