The once heated rivalry between Scottsdale Horizon’s and Phoenix North Canyon’s football teams has cooled down in the past few seasons.
North Canyon (5-1) made sure the flames were not fanned Friday, crushing Horizon, 38-14, in a 5A nonregion game Friday at North Canyon.
It marked the second straight year the Rattlers have defeated the Huskies in what used to be a matchup of region competitors.
North Canyon coach Brian Cole said despite his team’s consistent wins over the Huskies and the teams being in different regions, the rivalry still exists at some level.
“Because we are in the same district and because we’re fairly close to each other there’s still some rivalry there and it’s still a big game for both schools,” he said.
North Canyon led 25-0 at the end of the second quarter, thanks to Ian Welsh, who had two interceptions, 59 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
Horizon had four passes intercepted, all leading to touchdowns for the Rattlers.
“I thought we came out in the he first half and played real well. Second half they made some good adjustments and we didn’t play as well second half,” Cole said.
Horizon running back Brandon Holmes scored on a 12-yard pass touchdown in the second quarter. Running back J.D. Souder scored the other touchdown on 5-yard run for the Huskies in the fourth quarter.
The Huskies had five turnovers and 15 penalties for 118 yards lost.
The Rattler’s had 41 rushes for 302 yards and the Huskies, 17 rushes for negative seven yards.
“We had a terrible first half and played hard the second half. You can’t dig yourself a hole and be in a hole that big and expect to come back against a good football team and win,” Horizon coach Steve Casey said.
After the third consecutive touchdown from the Rattlers in the second quarter, Casey told his team to, “get your head in the game” during a timeout.
The Huskies have four regions games left in the season.
“We’re just trying to get better each week. At times, we do that and at times we don’t. Today, I guess in the first half, we weren’t a very good football team, in the second half we played well.”