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Marcos de Niza rolls past Casa Grande

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Posted: Saturday, September 20, 2008 1:01 am | Updated: 8:46 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

It wasn't a piece of art, but host Tempe Marcos de Niza managed to win a battle of unbeatens Friday, blanking Casa Grande, 27-0, in a 5A-II game.

The second-ranked Padres (3-0) allowed only 114 yards and registered 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

The Cougars gained 85 yards on their final possession, a 14-play drive that concluded with an incomplete pass in the end zone.

Marcos could have made the score more one-sided but it had a pair of touchdowns, including an interception return, called back because of penalties. The Padres committed 11 penalties for 100 yards.

The Padres also threw a pair of interceptions in the end zone. Marcos had 208 yards rushing but had two 30-plus yard plays negated by penalties.

Receiver Justin Rodriguez led the Padres with 100 receiving yards on four catches. His 29-yard catch and run put Marcos ahead 10-0 with 1:04 remaining in the first half.

The Padres got the ball back on an interception, and a pair of passes to Rodriguez put Marcos at the 3-yard line.

Ramon Abreu cashed in from there to give the Padres a 17-0 lead at halftime.

Marcos put the game out of reach on its first possession of the second half. The Padres went 65 yards in six plays, capped by quarterback Zach Schira's 12-yard run.

Daniel Sanders accounted for Marcos' other two scores on field goals of 31 and 30 yards.

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