Lancers Clinch 5A South Title
Darlington and Co. ride big first half in win
Tucson, AZ – The Salpointe Lancers have mastered the art of winning when it matters most. Earlier this season, Dennis Bene's squad beat Mesa Mountain View 13-10. After losing two straight games, the Lancers got a big win to get their season back on track. And two weeks ago versus Tucson High, Salpointe fought back to keep their playoff hopes alive by beating the Badgers 16-12.
Tonight, with the 5A Southern Region title on the line, Salpointe came through yet again.
An offensive explosion on their first series, a punt returned for a touchdown, and defensive stops galore helped propel the Lancers to a 30-14 win at home over Marana Mountain View.
The Lancers started early, scoring on their first drive. Quarterback Sean Brevaire found receiver Evan LeBlanc in the endzone for a 34-yard touchdown pass. The Lancers would strike again very soon. After a three-and-out by Mountain View, Jack Darlington returned the ensuing punt 70 yards to the house for a 14-0 lead.
Darlington struck again with 1:44 left in the first quarter. He returned another Mountain View punt, this time 55 yards down to the Lions 5-yard line. On the next play, junior back Josh Williams plunged through the line for a 21-0 Lancers lead.
Mountain View was never able to get into any kind of flow offensively. The Lancers secondary batted more than a couple of Casey Ramsey's passes to the ground and contained the Lions ground game.
Late in the fourth, Mountain View had closed the gap to 16 points (30-14) on a Ryan McGinty 38-yard touchdown run. The Lions were threatening again with a little less than two minutes to play when Jack Darlington picked off a pass in the endzone to seal the deal.
With the win and CDO's win over Tucson, a three way tie for first in the region was forced. However, Salpointe is the 5A Southern Region champion due to the fact that they lead the group of three with the most power points.
The Lancers totaled 259 yards of total offense and Jack Darlington returned four punts for 182 yards and a touchdown. Darlington also caught 5 passes for 92 yards. Mountain View was able to total 259 yards of total offense as well, most of it coming late in the game. The Lions' Ryan McGinty rushed 8 times for 85 yards and a touchdown. He also contributed in numerous tackles on the defensive front.
Salpointe (7-3, 5-1) Marana MV (7-3, 5-1)
QB Sean Brevaire QB Casey Ramsey
9-of-13 for 192 yards; 2 TDs 11-of-22 for 155 yards; TD/INT
WR Jack Darlington RB/LB Ryan McGinty
5 recs. for 92 yards 8 rushes for 85 yards; TD
4 punt returns for 182 yards; TD 3 recs. for 31 yards
WR Evan LeBlanc RB Jason Hubert
3 recs. for 64 yards; 2 TDs 2 recs. for 59 yards; TD