Peoria v. Marana

Panthers send the Tigers packing in first round match-up with a strong ground game

Marana was out looking for revenge after losing to Peoria in the regular season but it didn't quite happen as the Panthers were in control of this game from the opening drive.

It took Peoria 9 plays to cover 61 yards and take an early 7 point lead on Jamal Miles' 5 yard touchdown run. Miles was the workhorse on the drive, getting 5 carries for 18 yards including the touchdown but QB Vinnie Spano went 2 for 2 for 29 yards to keep the ball moving.

Marana, looking to even the score, put together a very impressive drive on their first possession. They marched down the field using a combination of UNLV commit Robert Rowe, Spencer Elliott amongst others to get the ball inside the Panther 5; two offside penalties on 4th down didn't help Peoria's defense any.

Rowe fumbled the ball as he was diving towards the pylon and Peoria recovered in the end-zone for a touchback.

The Panthers scored once more in the half on a 31 yard Ali Muhassen field goal. Score at half 10-0.

Coach Dudley must have had a good halftime speech because his Tigers came out firing in the second half.

They opened up with a 21 yard gain by Elliott and Rowe methodically marched them into the red-zone. Rowe found WR Justin Faust on the 12th play of the drive to get back in the game. The PAT was blocked, Peoria up 10-6.

Peoria answered on the next drive with a 78 yard Spano to Antwaun Jackson touchdown on third down.

Marana refused to lie down. Rowe went down after a 5 yard run on 2nd down. Rowe's back up, Mario Miranda, hit Dallin Wengert for a 33 yard gain and Rowe re-entered the game on narrowed the led with a 30 yard TD run. Peoria up 17-12 early 4th quarter.

But this was as close as Marana would get as Peoria owned the 4th quarter, scoring two touchdowns and picking off Rowe twice.

RBs Jamal Miles and Ezra Sanchez each added scores to advance Peoria to the second round.

Final Peoria 30 Marana 12


Marana was in the game for the most part. Mistakes were costly. The early fumble on what looked like a sure TD and the 4th quarter INTs killed their chances.

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