What was supposed to be a close game between two rivals, got lopsided rather quickly, as Sunrise Mountain beat Cactus 63-13 on Friday night to cruise to the section title and an undefeated regular season
The Cactus offense as stopped on downs twice and went three-and-out once in the first quarter while Sunrise was able to get three scores and build a 22-0 first quarter lead.
RB Garrett Veldhuizen scored first while Chase Cord threw TDs passes to Chris Mullany and Bryce Utter.
Cord threw two more TD passes, giving Sunrise Mountain a 36-0 lead before the Cobras got on the scoreboard. Cactus QB Preston Guerra actually caught his own pass after a tipped ball and ran in for a score. 36-7.
Before the half was over, Sunrise got two scores from Nathan Florez, one on a pass from Cord another on a kick off return. Cactus WR Matt Eberhardt ran in a score for the Cobras before the 1st half expired but it was too little too late. Sunrise built a 50-13 lead by halftime.
There was a running clock in the 2nd half and Sunrise added two field goals from J.J. Nash and another Cord to Florez TD pass.
Final: Sunrise 63 Cactus 13
Sunrise Mountain was simply the better team. The finished the regular season undefeated and won the section title outright tonight.
Sunrise Mountain junior QB Chase Cord is a grown man. He accounted for 6 touchdowns tonight.