HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: TUCSON 45, SUNNYSIDE 14

Tucson High football gathering steam

Tucson hoping victory over Blue Devils seals state postseason berth
2012-10-20T00:00:00Z 2012-10-20T08:45:23Z Tucson High football gathering steamDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 20, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Second-year Tucson High School coach Justin Argraves doesn't know if his team will make the Division I playoffs.

However, thanks to a 45-14 win over Sunnyside on Friday night, he knows the Badgers still have a chance with one game left in the regular season.

Meanwhile, Sunnyside knows its season will likely end next week after the team's second loss in a row.

It was Tucson's fourth straight win and fifth in the last six games. The only loss in that stretch came at Sierra Vista Buena by three points, and Argraves said that made the team jell.

"It's tough to lose a game like that down there, but they have just responded by beating a good Mountain View team and now a good Sunnyside team," Argraves said. "The kids are playing well and I put it all on them and my assistant coaches."

Tucson (6-3) is No. 17 in Division I and ends its season at 2-7 Flowing Wells next week. Argraves said he doesn't even know if a win there would lock up a spot.

"Nobody knows how the chips are going to fall so all we have to worry about is coming back and beating Flowing Wells," he added

But, for now, the Badgers are going to enjoy a big win on senior night.

Tucson junior running back Donovan Moore took a direct snap 80 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the game to give the Badgers a 7-0 lead.

"I saw my blockers doing what I had to do to get to the end zone," Moore said. "Without them I wasn't going to get there. They kept blocking downfield and I just followed."

Then the defense forced Sunnyside to punt, but Levi Wallace fumbled on the return at his own 16. Two plays later, and after a false start, Daniel Bonn tied the game with a 22-yard touchdown run.

After Tucson went three-and-out, the Blue Devils took only two plays to go up 14-7 after quarterback Christian Oropeza scored on a 17-yard run with 7:36 left in the first quarter.

But after that the Blue Devils (5-4) failed to score again and the Badgers were just getting started. Argraves said it was also the best he's seen his defense play all year.

Tucson tied the game with 4:02 left in the quarter when senior quarterback Cam Volk dived in for a 6-yard touchdown.

The eight-play, 79-yard drive included a key scramble for 12 yards by Volk on third down.

Tucson took 21-14 lead with 4:07 left in the second quarter after Marcos Romero scored on a 3-yard run.

One play before his score, Volk connected with Demetrius Flannigan for a 22-yard gain on fourth-and-15.

Then with 39.2 seconds left before the half Volk hit Romero for a 45-yard touchdown making it 28-14.

Romero, who transferred out of Sunnyside after his freshman year, finished the game with 89 yards receiving and 85 yards rushing.

"For me coming from Sunnyside to put my team up like that I loved it," Romero said. "It was a big thing for us. We needed to beat Sunnyside."

Wallace ended Sunnyside's first possession of the second half with an interception and, eight plays later, Volk put the Badgers up 35-14 with a 4-yard run.

Later in the quarter, Wallace recovered a fumble by Bonn near midfield. Junior Markell Simmons capped that drive with an 11-yard TD late in the third.

To make matters worse for Sunnyside when the game was already out of hand, trainer Karina Garcia suffered an apparent panic attack and was taken away in an ambulance.

"That's really unfortunate, she's a great kid," coach Glenn Posey said.

Posey also said mistakes and lack of discipline hurt Sunnyside.

The Blue Devils are No. 19 in the Division I seedings and close the regular season at 14th-ranked Sierra Vista Buena next week.

"We'll see if we can spoil their party a little bit, but we haven't done a very good job the last couple of weeks," Posey said.

On StarNet: See more photos from Friday's Sunnyside-Tucson and Canyon del Oro-Marana football games at azstarnet.com/gallery

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