Agua Fria 35 Shadow Mountain 7
A young Agua Fria team took steps towards growing up Friday night as they defeated Shadow Mountain 35-7. Shadow Mountain scored their only TD in the first quarter on a 57 yard pass play from QB Sam Casel to Mitch Farney. That early TD was the high point for the Matadors as they spent the remainder of the evening plagued by turnovers.
Early in the second, with the score 7 to 3 in favor of Shadow Mountain, Big Josh Barajas of Agua Fria has a D-lineman's dream as he intercepts a screen pass. The Owls stall out and are held to a field goal making the score 7 to 3 Shadow Mountain. Casel again throws an interception, this time the Owls Kesiena Otite makes the pick and on the next play Agua Fria QB Mitch Wolfe hits Nick Martinez for a TD. The PAT was no good making the score 12- 7 Owls. Agua Fria is able to score one more time on a one yard run by FB Tyler Heagney, Making the score at half Agua Fria 18 Shadow Mountain 7.
The second half begins much as the first half ended. Agua Fria LB Brandon Winger intercepts a Casel pass which eventually leads to a 30 yard field goal by Rupert Alvarez putting Agua Fria ahead 21 to 7. On their next offensive possession Agua Fria eats the remainder of the 3rd quarter and caps a long drive with a 15 yard pass from Wolfe to WB Donald Askew. PAT good Agua Fria 28 Shadow Mountain 7.
The 4th quarter highlight takes place when Wolfe hits RB Sean Hurley in stride for a 78 yard TD pass. The ensuing PAT was good putting a cap on the nights scoring for a 35 to 7 Agua Fria victory.
Bottom Line: Although young, Agua Fria has talent at the skill positions and experience on defense with versatile leaders John Coker and Kesiena Otite. The Owls two losses are at the hands of Centennial and Flagstaff. Shadow Mountain will have a tough time in one of the most competitive 4A regions in the state if they continue to be careless with the ball.
Game Ball: Agua Fria's Sophomore QB Mitch Wolfe threw 3 TD passes. As Wolfe grows in size and experience look for him to become a player to watch the next couple of seasons.