McClintock v. Tempe

McClintock Holds on to Beat Rival Tempe in one of state's oldest rivalries.

In one of the longest-standing rivalries in the Valley, McClintock was able to stave off a late surge from Tempe and beat the Buffaloes, 14-7.  The Chargers dominated play nearly the whole game, but were unable to capitalize because of turnovers and penalties.


McClintock senior quarterback Kelly Kurzman threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns, while the Charger rushing attack racked up 143 yards on the ground.  Senior wideout Malcolm Martin also had over 100 yards receiving.


Despite having the lion's share of the possession, McClintock struggled to put the ball in the endzone early on.  Kurzman threw for 113 of his 232 yards in the first quarter, but the Charger's first drive stalled when they fumbled in Tempe territory.


It didn't take them long to strike once the second quarter started though, with Kurzman throwing an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jared Ringer.  Ringer's catch capped an impressive 7-play, 75-yard drive.


McClintock controlled the first half, putting up 175 yards of total offense, compared to Tempe's 31 yards.  Despite their dominance, however, the Chargers only led by seven at the break, stymied by multiple penalties and two first half turnovers.


McClintock was able to break through again in the fourth quarter, when Ringer caught his second touchdown pass of the night, this one a 14-yard strike from Kurzman.  The TD pass was the exclamation point on an 80-yard drive that put the Chargers up 14-0.


Tempe was not going down without a fight, though.  After the Buffaloes moved the ball down the field into McClintock territory, senior QB Pedro Rubio completed the famed hook-and-ladder to senior fullback Michael Waddle, who scored from 25 yards out to pull Tempe to within a touchdown, 14-7.  That would be all the closer they would get, however, as McClintock was able to run out the clock and preserve the narrow victory.


McClintock's defense, anchored by senior linebacker David Blair, was stifling all night.  Tempe was unable to score until the fourth quarter and the Chargers allowed only 141 yards of total offense.


The game balls for tonight's game go to McClintock QB Kelly Kurzman, who was nearly unstoppable threw the air.  The second game ball goes to McClintock's two receivers, Malcolm Martin and Jared Ringer, who combined for over 150 yards receiving and two touchdowns.


McClintock improved to 2-1 on the year and will face Canyon del Oro next week, while Tempe dropped to 0-3 and will host Cortez.

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