The Flagstaff Eagles made quick work of the Dysart Demons Friday night.
It wasn’t always pretty, as both teams got chippy and physical, but the Eagles dominated a struggling Dysart program, 47-17 in the Walkup Skydome. The Eagles improved to 2-0, showing strides under first-year head coach Todd Hanley, while the Demons remained winless at 0-3.
"It got a bit ugly, but I'll take the W," Hanley said. "Just a lot to work on. I thought defense played really well. I was satisfied with a lot of things we did defensively. Offense just needs to clean up, and that's coaching."
Flagstaff started the meeting between the two Conference 4A programs off lightning quick, scoring 20 points in the first four minutes of the contest.
The Eagles opened with a five-play drive, capped off with a Joe Weidinger touchdown run from inside the Demons' 10-yard line. On the ensuing Dysart possession, the Demons coughed up a fumble and Flagstaff quickly turned the turnover into points on its possession. Eagles running back Luis Jaramillo burst through the line on the first play after the fumble for a 30-yard touchdown run.
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Dysart continued to struggle on the next drive, coughing up another fumble. This time the ball found Kevin Edwards near the end zone to put the Eagles up 20-0.
After the fast start, penalties and chippy play halted the game. The Eagles couldn’t find the end zone until they were inside the final 2:45 of the second quarter where they rattled off 21 points to close the first half.
Jaramillo scored two of his three touchdowns in the final stretch of the first half as part of his three-touchdown night. Colby Hollaway set himself up for his own score after picking off Dysart quarterback Alex Moreno.
Hollaway took a shovel pass from Weidinger near the goal line for the score.
The Eagles defense held the Demons scoreless until midway through the third when Moreno found his target open for a score -- which was Dysart’s first score of the game and the entire season. Eagles kick returner Jace Wetzel took the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown for the second straight week to answer the third-quarter score.
Wetzel’s returning TD ended up as the only score for the Eagles in the second half.
"That's why he's back there," Hanley said. "He can run. Him and Luke (Canizales) both. I don't know who you kick it to. That's a credit to those guys blocking too, they really get after it."
Weidinger finished the night with one passing touchdown and one touchdown on the ground while Stephen Canizales added in a number of big plays on the ground. Jaramillo had a sack on defense and two extra points made while Oscar Castruita sat the first quarter, adding to his 129-yard total on the ground as he did a bit of everything for the Eagles.
The Eagles travel to Tempe next week to face the Buffaloes at 7 p.m.