It didn't take long for Cactus to establish their game plan. They were going to line up with their giant offensive line, star RB and speedy QB and run the ball. And it worked, as Cactus scored 34 points before Palo Verde would answer with two late scores in the 4th quarter.
On the opening drive Cactus drove the length of the field, getting big runs from Brody Ray and Allan Woods but the drive stalled and Cactus missed a 32 yard FG. It didn't take long for the Cobras to get the ball back as Dennis Luis recovered a fumble, giving CHS a short field. Woods took advantage and plunged in from a few yards out and Cactus took a 7-0 lead, a lead they would never relinquish.
Palo Verde's best chance to score came on the next drive, Cameren Gause took a short pass 23 yards into scoring position but PV missed a field goal of their own.
Cactus added another score in the 2nd quarter when Ray raced in from 9 yards out. 14-0 Cactus at the half.
The Cobras ruled the third quarter scoring three times to seal their spot in the 4A2 state title game. Woods got his second TD of the day on their opening drive of the second half that put CHS up 21-0. Woods and Ray each added another score a piece in the quarter, putting Cactus up 34-0.
Palo Verde added two scores in the 4th, one by Dylan Leahy early in the 4th and another with under a minute to play.
Cactus pretty much had this game in control from the opening whistle. Bottomline was they were just bigger, stronger and faster. Cactus will face Santa Rita in the 4A2 state title game.
Cactus RB Allan Woods for his three TDs.