Thanks to Will King's stellar play, Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep remained perfect this season after its 33-7 win Friday night over Chandler Seton Catholic in a 4A-II East Sky Region game at Mesa Community College.
King finished 12-for-16 passing for 206 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Saints (4-0, 1-0) to their third consecutive Bishop Bowl victory.
"Will made some good plays, some real good reads," Notre Dame coach Scot Bemis said. "He still has a ways to go with me, but he'll get there."
King started off red hot by going 7-for-8 for 69 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown pass to Mayer Krigel.
"I felt pretty good," King said. "I mean, you got to get up for the Bishop Bowl."
The defense matched the offense's fast start by holding the Sentinels to just 30 yards of total offense in the first half.
"Defensively in the first half, we did a good job," Bemis said. "We bent a little too much early, but once we kind of settled into all their shifts and no-huddle offense, we settled down pretty well."
The win gave the Saints their 27th straight victory dating back to the 2007-08 season.
"It feels great; it feels really good," Saints running back Devon Villarreal said. "The first couple of weeks we came out kind of slow, but last week against (Paradise Valley) we picked it up, and we picked it up tonight."
Even with a 4-0 start, Bemis still is looking for his team to improve on the little things.
"We had a lot of mistakes, penalties that we're not accustomed to having, and we've got to try to get those things fixed," Bemis said. "When we do that, we'll be a good football team. But until then, we've got a ways to go."
The Sentinels were without starting quarterback Justin Sieczkowski, who had thrown for 1,001 yards and 13 touchdowns in the first three games of the season.
Anthony Wallace started in his place, finishing 19-for-36 passing with one touchdown and two interceptions.
"I got the call yesterday," Wallace said. "I just had to prepare like I was going to play all week long."
The loss dropped the Sentinels to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in region. Seton will need to get back on track in a hurry as the halfway mark of the season approaches next week.
"I think we'll get Justin back, and our running back, Kyle Johnson, back, and we'll be just fine," Wallace said. "I think we'll be able to make a run at the end of the season."
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Seton quarterback Justin Sieczkowski isn't playing tonight. Junior Anthony Wallace is suited up instead. Wallace is 3-of-5 for 38 yards and has Seton threatening on NDP's 29-yard line at the end of the first quarter. NDP 7, Seton 0 through a quarter.
Jordan Gietz runs takes it in for an 8-yard touchdown to make it NDP 14, Seton 0 with 2:48 left in the first half.
Korey Jones runs it in from 7 yards out to put Notre Dame up 21-0 with 2:47 left in the third quarter.
Seton finally gets on the board with Anthony Wallace's 40-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Gleisner. It's NDP 21, Seton 7 with 11:51 left in the game.
Devon Villarreal carries it in for a 9-yard touchdown to make it NDP 27, Seton 7. The extra point is no good, but with just 8:29 left in the game, it looks like Notre Dame will improve to 4-0.
On the first play after a fumble recovery, Will King throws a 37-yard touchdown pass to Skyler McCurdy. It's NDP 33, Seton 7 after NDP misses the extra point. There's 7:50 left in the game.
Notre Dame (3-0) at Seton (1-2)
Time: 7 p.m.
Address: 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa (Mesa Community College)
Key matchup: Notre Dame did a marvelous job of slowing down Paradise Valley’s offense last week and must do it again against Seton’s spread.
Key stat: Seton quarterback Justin Sieczkowski has thrown for 1,001 yards and 13 touchdowns in the first three games of the season.
The intrigue: The Saints are coming off a big-time win last week, but can’t let down against a Sentinels squad that is talented enough to pull an upset.