By Scott Hansen
No. 2 O’Connor had little trouble moving to 7-0 on the season with a comfortable 42-7 victory over Stevens in a game featured by OK3Sports.
Roel Sanchez was his usual self, leading the Panthers to a 35-0 halftime lead. Sanchez finished 8 of 10 through the air for 165 yards and a touchdown before adding an insurance touchdown on the ground in the third quarter.
Millard Bradford usually features primarily on the defensive side of the football, but he was on offense for the very first play of the game, gliding 71 yards to the end zone to give the Panthers a 7-0 lead with 9:27 remaining in the first quarter.
Sanchez would hit Jalen Hughes on a 26-yard touchdown pass to the back of the end zone to make it 14-0. Hughes was able to make a tough grab while well covered and once again showed why he is one of the leading receivers in Region IV.
In the second quarter, sophomore Brandon Garza scored on a 38 yard run with 10:38 left in the second quarter to make it 21-0 before adding on two short-yardage scores to give the Panthers a 35-0 halftime lead.
Stevens was able to get the offense moving in the second half. The Falcons (2-6, 1-2 in District 28-6A Zone B) were turned away when it broke into the red zone on a fumble on fourth down the was recovered by Srevens just short of a first down.
On the next possession after an O’Connor punt, the Falcons would capitalize and get some points on the scoreboard when Carson Prouty squirted free on a 23-yard touchdown run to avoid the shutout.
Taft 49, Marshall 14
You could feel it coming. Taft has been unfortunate not to pick up a win in its first six games, but all of that changed on Thursday night. Taft quarterback Julian DeHoyos rushed for 244 yards and four touchdowns to lead Taft to a 49-14 victory over Marshall.
DeHoyos scored on runs of 49 and 77 yards in the first half, the latter with 4:00 remaining before halftime to give the Raiders a 27-7 lead. DeHoyos would add another pair of touchdown hauls in the second half to help Taft to its first win of the campaign.
Marshall (3-4, 1-2) freshman Kvontavious Rockett scored on a 16-yard in an attempt to launch a come back in the second quarter, but Taft was able to answer immediately on the 77-yard run from DeHoyos. Divonne Tilden and Chris Martinez also added touchdown runs for Taft (1-6, 1-2).
Arizona State commit Stanley Lambert, who announced on Twitter he plans to enroll early, returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to open the second half.