When Peoria's Sunrise Mountain took a knee to end the game Friday, upsetting Sahuarita 62-21 in the first round of the Division III playoffs, the harsh reality that an undefeated regular season does not guarantee postseason success set in over a stunned crowd at Sahuarita.
At Sahuarita, the Mustangs (8-0) jumped out to a 21-0 lead aided by two Palo Verde (2-6) turnovers and never let up on the gas in a convincing victory. Sahuarita's offense dominated, racking up 499 total yards. Its defense gave up 130 yards.
At Cholla, Sahuarita (5-0) broke away from Cholla (0-5) in the second half after an close first half (Sahuarita led 7-6 at halftime). Sahuarita QB Josh Lee threw for a TD and ran for one in the second half.