24-7football.com's pre-season Region 5A Division II, #7 ranked Peoria hosted #3 Paradise Valley at beautiful Glendale Community College. It was all PV Friday night as the Trojans speared the Panthers, 27-0. Paradise Valley took only six plays before Tomarcus Jordan ran for a 33 yard touchdown. PAT good, score 7-0.
Quarterback Stuart Walter connected with Jacob Desanti on the next possession with a screen pass that broke for a 38 yard touchdown. Walter was three of five for 57 yards, 1 TD and 1 Int. PAT no good, 13-0.
Michael Williams added a thirteen yard TD and the two point conversion at the end of the first quarter. Score 21-0. And that was it for scoring until two minutes left in the game when Michael Williams punched in another TD from one yard out. PAT no good. Final score 27-0.
Peoria's ball control offense could not gain momentum or much yardage against the quick and physical PV defense. In the second quarter, Peoria had a possession that started on their own twenty and lasted twenty-two plays and they did not score. PV only ran three plays in the second quarter. Ian Morley was Peoria's leading rusher with sixty-three yards. Quarter back Dale Hunnewell threw for 74 yards, most of those passes going to WR, Chris Miranda.
Game ball: The whole PV team. The victory was a complete team effort. O-line block, running backs ran, defense hit. Kicker Erick McClellan put four of five kicks in the end zone. Everyone did their job and very few mistakes were made. Mistake free football will be needed next week when PV takes on Hamilton.
Bottom Line: The first game of the season is usually a messy one. PV came in hitting on all cylinders. They will need expand their passing game so teams don't start jamming up the line. They have a big test next week when they take on 5A division I, #1 ranked Hamilton. Peoria had moments of looking like a they could be a strong team. If they continue to have too many penalties on offense and are unable to stop the run on D, it will be a long season.