After winning big against Maryvale, Dobson stumbled against Red Mountain on the Mountain Lions’ homecoming night, 56-0. Two running backs for Red Mountain had two touchdowns a piece.
After losing to Perry in a game that resulted in four overtimes, Red Mountain head coach Mike Peterson was pleased with how his team responded on homecoming night. “We never want to lose but we took a thousand positives and one negative from that game,” Peterson said. Peterson was pleased on the state of his program moving forward after sophomore running back, Josiah Villanueva’s two rushing touchdown performance and senior running back Deonce Elliott’s two total touchdown performance. “The future is bright.”
Red Mountain senior captain and ASU O-line commit, Benjamin Bray, feels proud to have two running backs have two touchdowns. “It’s a great feeling, it proves we are working on our technique and getting the job done,” Bray said but isn’t satisfied with their performance. “We had some mishaps, the O-line did alright but we have room to improve.”
As Red Mountain celebrates their win, Dobson heads into the weekend with lots of unanswered questions. Dobson’s offense wasn’t able to get anything going, as they were only able to muster two first downs in the first half and faced many penalties that gave Red Mountain great field position in the first half. In the second half, they had to play catch - up with the running clock on their back. Dobson had one great drive in the fourth quarter that Dobson’s head coach Bill Godsil was pleased with. “I challenged them, and I told them at half time how are we going to finish this game and go into next Friday with Westwood,” Godsil said, “and they responded in the second half and with that fourth quarter drive.”
With senior quarterback Michael Gundersdorf out with an injury for the second half, junior Damian Duarte came in and responded well with what was given at hand. Godsil was impressed with what the junior quarterback did. “With Damiyan at quarterback that was his first real series he’s taken at quarterback this whole year, so it’s good for him as we move forward.”
As Dobson falls to 1-3 on the season, they look ahead to the Westwood Warriors as they take them on for their homecoming game, next Friday, while Red Mountain jumps to 3-1 and will face the Westview Knights for a non-region game, next Friday.
Marco Salas is a sports journalism major at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism covering Dobson High athletics.