I got to this game early because everyone told me this would be a packed house…and it was. I got there at 6:10 and had to park across the street in the neighborhood and walk to the stadium. The stadium was full by 6:15 and this turned out to be an exciting game.
Neither team mustered much offense on their first series and each punted the ball away.
Cactus defensive end Zach Minter came up with a huge fumble recovery after a 12 yard run by Rashad Yarbrough and gave the Cobras the ball near midfield.
Cactus methodically moved the ball down field with RB Mike Brown and shirt passes from Jake Moreno. A 15 yard face mask put the Cobras in scoring range and Brown punched it in from 1 yard out to put Cactus up 7-0 near the end of the 1st.
Both defenses held tough and forced punts after short drives.
On Cactus' second drive of the 2nd quarter, Brown popped off a 79 yard touchdown run to make it 14-0.
Other than a 20 yard run by Jamal Miles,
An interception by Cactus' Kandon Thomas thwarted
At the half it was 21-0 all
Cactus. Other than a few runs by Sanchez and Miles,
I think Coach Clapp laid into his guys at half because they started the second half with some fire.
The defense forced a punt and the offense marched the ball 60 yards in 8 plays to get the panthers back in the game. This drive was all Ezra Sanchez. He had 5 carries for 23 yards including the TD. 21-7 early third.
The Peoria D forced a three and out but Demetrius Wilson muffed the punt and Cactus recovered at the 38 yard line. Four plays later, Jake Moreno punched it in from 1 yard out to make it 28-7. And that is how the third quarter ended.
Deep in their own territory after
another muffed punt,
Cactus ran the ball with all
intentions of running the clock out.
Final Cactus 28
Cactus played very well in the first half. They are very disciplined, don't turn the ball over or commit many penalties. Mike Brown is a stud. His 79 yard run was spectacular.
Definitely goes to Mike Brown, he scored 3 of Cactus' TDs.