Mingus v. Sunnyslope

Mingus Advances to Title Game

The Mingus Marauders and the Sunnyslope Vikings met at the neutral field of beautiful Bolder Creek High School in Anthem.  This was a rematch of a week one game in which Mingus won on a last second touchdown.


This re-match semifinal game was a continuation of the hard-nose style of play for which both programs are known. It was a defensive struggle early on and turnovers would make the difference.  Sunnyslope slipped up first.  Marauder, Chad Hill intercepted a Sunnyslope pass and gave his Mingus offense a short field to work with. Four plays later, quarterback Jay Arthur scrambled for a 32 yard touchdown. The PAT was no good.


Mingus had it's share of mistakes. They had two fumbles that ended drives. One was recovered by Sunnyslope's Chase Corley at the Mingus 17. The Vikings could make no progress and ended up missing a field goal.


Late in the half, Jay Arthur led his Marauders on an eleven play, 75-yard drive. Arthur finished by following his big boys up front for a 1-yard touchdown. He then added the 2pt conversion to make the score 14-0.


TJ Campbell of Sunnyslope had a relatively quiet half, other than the 60-yard interception that he ran back for touchdown with 37 seconds left in the half.


In the second half Mingus' big front was dominating the line of scrimmage. With the running of Jay Arthur, Jon Bodam and Ryan Hauser, the Marauders were able to move the ball. What stopped them from putting up more points on the board were the penalties.  Mingus had ten penalties in the second half. The aggressive Mingus D continued to shut down the run of the Vikings. Tyler Butler and Matt Dumez each had an interception to stop Sunnyslope drives. Butlers was a 95-yarder for a TD but it was called back on a penalty.


Mingus put the game out of reach late in the fourth quarter when they put together a penalty free nine play drive.  Ryan Hauser ran it in from 20 yards out to make the final Mingus 21, Sunnyslope 7.


Game balls:


Mingus defense for shutting out the Sunnyslope offense.


Bottom Line: 


Sunnyslope had a great season. At one point they were 3-4 and then went on a six game tear and lost in the semi-finals. Mingus was 24-7's pre-season #1. Next week they play in Tucson for the 4A2 State Championship.

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