Things got a little crazy during the Flagstaff Eagles game against Chino Valley at the Walkup Skydome Friday night.
A total of 11 turnovers by the two teams didn't stop Flagstaff (5-2) from putting up huge numbers on the board in a 60-6 win over the Cougars (1-6).
The Eagles relied on their passing game and a big night by the defense for the win.
"They're (Chino Valley) not that bad a football team," Eagles head coach Ed Campos said. "They have some athletes, some size and a good scheme.
"I knew their front seven would be tough to face, and they were really creative with their gap control and putting pressure on our front," Campos added.
Flagstaff couldn't get its running game going all night, but had no trouble passing over the Cougars defensive line for big chunks of yards.
Montana Membrey scored the Eagles first points on a 52-yard pass from Kyle Wilson at the 5:08 mark of the first quarter after Flagstaff went three and out on its first offensive possession.
Dillon Gifford made it a 14-0 game on a 70-yard reception from Wilson after Lucas Neff recovered a Chino Valley fumble on the Eagles 37-yard line. Gifford was only able to score because he also recovered a fumble after the Cougars Brandon Redford intercepted a Wilson pass.
"We knew we could beat them in their secondary and once we got our passing game going and Kyle (Wilson) got on his game we did a good job," Campos said. "We weren't able to establish our running game but only because they took that away from us."
Membrey scored his second touchdown on the night on a 61-yard pass from Wilson with 4:30 to play in the first half. Chris Baird scored four plays later on a 9-yard run after Marshall Brownfield recovered the second Cougars fumble of the night.
The Eagles picked off another pass before the half, and that led to another Baird touchdown, this time from two yards out, and the Eagles went into the halftime break on a 33-0 lead.
It was in the second half that things started to get ugly as the teams combined for six more turnovers. Wilson threw an interception on the Eagles third play to open the second half, but got the ball back when Gifford recovered another Chino Valley fumble. Membrey caught a 66-yard touchdown from Wilson on the next play to give Flagstaff a 40-0 lead.
"Defensively we played well, but I'm not happy with the turnovers and we got a bit sloppy," Campos said. "Last year they beat us up, so we'll take the win."
Corey Chavez fumbled a punt at his own 44-yard line, and Chino Valley capitalized with a seven-play, 96-yard drive that ended with a 9-yard run by Conner Richberger.
After punting on their next possession, the Eagles got another touchdown as Gifford took an interception 36 yards for the score.
It looked like the Cougars were going to punch the ball into the end zone mid way through the fourth quarter, but Mike Arollo picked off Dominic Gazda on the Cougars 5-yard line. The Eagles couldn't convert, however, as Wilson fumbled four plays later, but Neff got the ball back for Flagstaff on another Chino Valley fumble. Wilson threw a 3-yard touchdown to Matt White for a 53-6 lead.
Neff then put a punctuation mark on the Eagles with when he stripped the ball out of Morgan Parker's hands and ran it 30 yards for the 60-6 final score.
Campos credited his team's aggressiveness for the Eagles ability to capitalize on so many of the turnovers.
"Our kids are quick and aggressive and it all starts with their attitude," he said. "If our kid can take the ball away and run for a touchdown, he's going to do it. He's young and a good football player and sometimes it just takes that kind of attitude to pull that off."
Flagstaff next faces Glendale at home Friday.
Coconino 54, Tuba City 0
The Coconino Panthers made easy work of the Tuba City Warriors Friday night, scoring 34 points in the first quarter on their way to a 54-0 win.
Quarterback Damien Alarcon completed all four of his passing attempts for 77 yards and two touchdowns. Daniel Newman had two receptions for 31 yards and one touchdown. Bubba Daulton had two rushing touchdowns. Stephen Sorden had two field goals and Dietrich Whelan returned an interception for a touchdown.
Snowflake 56, Page 20
Rick Shumway scored four touchdowns in the first half Friday night to start Snowflake on a 56-20 win over Page in the White Mountains.
Snowflake (5-2), winners of three straight, began substituting freely in the second quarter after Shumway's 66-yard touchdown reception gave them a 42-0 lead.
Page (2-5) scored three times in the second half, on Drew Wilson passes to C.J. Ripka, Quintin Edwards and Felix Padilla.
The Sand Devils will travel to Fort Defiance Window Rock next week.
Flagstaff 3, Bradshaw Mountain 0
The Flagstaff volleyball girls beat Bradshaw Mountain Thursday evening 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-12). Kara Roberts led the Eagles with seven kills, Lizzie Berryhill had six kills, Courtney Leffel had five kills and Randi Powers had four kills. Hailey Leffel had seven service aces and Maggie Guinan had four service aces. Bree Davis had 19 assists. Hailey Leffel had 22 digs, Powers had nine digs and Guinan had seven digs.