Harper

Senior Micah Harper runs the ball in Basha's 47-7 victory over La Joya Community football.

Basha football dominated its homecoming game Friday night, defeating La Joya Community 47-7 in 6A football.

The teams traded interceptions on the first two drives, and neither moved the ball particularly well to start. Basha also cost itself several early scoring opportunities by committing penalties, including two touchdowns in the first quarter that were called back due to flags. The Bears, however, were able to make a few explosive plays in the passing game – including an 85-yard touchdown pass to Zion Williams – and take a 20-0 lead into the half.

Coach Chris McDonald said he challenged his team to play a more disciplined game.

“It was an ugly first half for sure. We told them they owe it to their teammates to come out and play hard so that we can get all the seniors in,” he said.

His speech worked. The Bears had just one penalty accepted in the second half after nine in the first. Basha opened the second half with a 59-yard touchdown run by senior back Micah Harper, and were off to the races, scoring on nearly every drive from then on.

On the other end, Basha’s defensive line stood out all game, pressuring Lobo quarterback Miguel Valdovinos on nearly every pass play.

Valdovinos had already registered ten touchdown tosses in just two games, had little time to throw. He still completed several high-quality deep tosses, but was sacked many times and had to get the ball out of his hands quicker than he wanted to.

“He’s a good quarterback, and he’s got good playmakers, so we wanted to pressure him,” McDonald said.

“All week we practiced man coverage and full-house blitz, and as a DB the line getting to the quarterback causing pressure is huge,” added Harper, who also plays defensive back.

After a fourth-quarter interception – the team’s second of the night, the Bears continually ran the ball to milk most of the quarter and end the game.

The Bears (4-0) travel to Gilbert on September 20 to take on Highland (3-1).

Basha hopes to start the game faster against the Hawks and in the second half of the season, with less turnovers and penalties. Harper, though, said the Bears are going to celebrate a homecoming win and the team’s undefeated start for at least one night.

“Every game going forward is against a state-contender team,” he said. “So we wanted to go into Highland and all the rest of the games after with as much confidence as we could.”

The Bears, though, may have to play their next game without quarterback Gabe Friend. Mid-way through the third quarter, Friend went down with an apparent knee injury after a short run. McDonald said Friend will undergo an MRI, but has not yet heard anything further on the player’s condition.

La Joya Community (1-2) hosts Alhambra in its next contest.

Basha football dominated its homecoming game Friday night, defeating La Joya Community 47-7 at home in 6A football.

The teams traded interceptions on the first two drives, and neither moved the ball particularly well to start. Basha also cost itself several early scoring opportunities by committing penalties, including two touchdowns in the first quarter that were called back due to flags. The Bears, however, were able to make a few explosive plays in the passing game – including an 85-yard touchdown pass to Zion Williams – and take a 20-0 lead into the half.

Coach Chris McDonald said he challenged his team to play a more disciplined game.

“It was an ugly first half for sure. We told them they owe it to their teammates to come out and play hard so that we can get all the seniors in,” he said.

His speech worked. The Bears had just one penalty accepted in the second half after nine in the first. Basha opened the second half with a 59-yard touchdown run by senior back Micah Harper, and were off to the races, scoring on nearly every drive from then on.

On the other end, Basha’s defensive line stood out all game, pressuring Lobo quarterback Miguel Valdovinos on nearly every pass play.

Valdovinos had already registered ten touchdown tosses in just two games, had little time to throw. He still completed several high-quality deep tosses, but was sacked many times and had to get the ball out of his hands quicker than he wanted to.

“He’s a good quarterback, and he’s got good playmakers, so we wanted to pressure him,” McDonald said.

“All week we practiced man coverage and full-house blitz, and as a DB the line getting to the quarterback causing pressure is huge,” added Harper, who also plays defensive back.

After a fourth-quarter interception – the team’s second of the night, the Bears continually ran the ball to milk most of the quarter and end the game.

The Bears (4-0) travel to Gilbert on September 20 to take on Highland (3-1).

Basha hopes to start the game faster against the Hawks and in the second half of the season, with less turnovers and penalties. Harper, though, said the Bears are going to celebrate a homecoming win and the team’s undefeated start for at least one night.

“Every game going forward is against a state-contender team,” he said. “So we wanted to go into Highland and all the rest of the games after with as much confidence as we could.”

The Bears, though, may have to play their next game without quarterback Gabe Friend. Mid-way through the third quarter, Friend went down with an apparent knee injury after a run. McDonald said Friend will undergo an MRI, but has not yet heard anything further on the player’s condition.

La Joya Community (1-2) hosts Alhambra in its next contest.

La Joya Community 7, Basha 47

 

La Joya Community 0 0 7 0 – 7

Basha                          7 13 20 7 – 47

 

First

BAS – Barney 20 pass from Friend (Bass kick), 2:47

Second

BAS – Williams 85 pass from Friend (kick missed), 4:08

BAS – Fernandez 4 pass from Friend (Bass kick), 0:34

Third

BAS – Harper 59 run (Bass kick), 11:50

BAS – Clanton 1 run (Bass kick), 7:50

LJ – Guzman 26 pass from Valdovinos (Conchas kick), 1:15

BAS – Mateen 85 kick return (kick missed), 1:07

Fourth

BAS – Fernandez 3 run (Bass kick), 7:50

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