Local roundup: Sept. 10
For the second week in a row, the Mitchell brothers had a field day for the Cibola football team.
Jordan and Steven Mitchell combined for 291 yards and four touchdowns as the Raiders rolled past Mesa-Skyline 34-14 at home Friday.
Jordan Mitchell opened the scoring with an 83-yard touchdown run in the first quarter on his way to 203 yards on 23 carries with two touchdowns. After the Coyotes tied the game, Steven Mitchell added a 56-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and the Raiders (2-0) never trailed again.
“Our offensive line is doing a great job,” Cibola coach Lucky Arvizo said. “Also our fullback Steven Mitchell is doing a great job blocking for his brother Jordan Mitchell. Our receivers are doing a good job blocking downfield and giving the running backs good opportunities. The biggest surprise early in the season has been the offensive line. We only had one returner coming back, so I've been pleased with their performance. They've done an outstanding job.”
Steven Mitchell had six carries for 86 yards and two touchdowns.
Blake Boyer added a 12-yard touchdown pass late in the game to tight end Jacob Gauna.
The Raiders won their season opener against El Centro-Central 27-6, with the Mitchell brothers scoring three times and netting 267 rushing yards.
Cibola travels to Lake Havasu next week for a non-region game.
“Our defense did good,” Arvizo said. “They spread us out pretty good, had two quarterbacks they rotated in and out. ... They threw well. Overall we bent a little bit on defense but came up when we needed to.”
Spartans capitalize on Criminal mistakes
El Centro-Central got its first win of the season, topping Yuma High 35-8 Friday in California.
The Criminals (0-2) had 194 rushing yards, with Travon Clark leading the team with 52. But they committed four turnovers in the game, including an interception from the Spartan 5-yard line in a one-score game.
“That's tough to recover from,” Yuma High coach Tom Fox said. “We just couldn't overcome our mistakes.”
Linebacker James Gomez had 11 tackles for Yuma High.
Gila Bend tops San Pasqual
Redhawk Welch had almost 180 yards of total offense and 11 tackles on defense, but it wasn't enough as San Pasqual fell to Gila Bend 37-14.
Welch ran for 121 and a touchdown and threw for 56 yards in the loss for the Warriors (0-3). Reggie Sanchez had a rushing touchdown for the Warriors.
Rams fall to Vikings
Holtville returned the opening kickoff and never looked back en route to a 34-6 win over Antelope on Friday.
Antelope got on the board in the second quarter after a 22-yard touchdown run by quarterback A.J. Cota to cut the score to 12-6, but injuries took their toll on the Rams as the Vikings strung together 22 points to close the game.
The Rams' starting wide receiver Gary Shaw and cornerback Hugo Saboria left the game with injuries.
Antelope plays Westwind Prep at 7 p.m. Friday.
Hawks win four-way
The Gila Ridge golf team bested Kofa, Cibola and Yuma High at Desert Hills on Friday to win the nine-hole meet with a score of 171.
The Kings finished second with a score of 184 with Kofa golfer Daniel Linares earning medalist honors by shooting a 1-over-par 37.
Cibola finished third with a score of 192. The Raiders were led by Brett Bach, who shot a 46.
Gila Ridge's Tyson Swenson shot a 42 to lead the Hawks.
John Rodriguez shot a 54 for the Criminals, who did not have enough players to a field a qualifying team.
Friday's meet was the third time the four schools have competed against each other at Desert Hills and the outcome has been the same each time.