Queen Creek Canyon State ended the season on a high Friday night. The Rams scored three times in the third quarter and held on for a 34-28 victory over Phoenix North Pointe Prep at Phoenix Bourgade High School in 2A Central football action.
Terrelle Tyler broke a 90-yard touchdown run on Canyon State’s first possession of the second half, and the Rams quickly tacked on a 1-yard run from Terrelle Halley after Jacoby Splunge intercepted a pass at the Falcons 47.
Canyon State (3-7, 1-4 region) widened its lead when Tyler scooted for a 40-yard run, and two plays later quarterback Nathan Benett scored from 13 yards out to go up 34-14 with 1:41 left in the third.
North Pointe (2-8, 0-5) tried to rally in the fourth when Shariff Johnson rumbled in from 6 yards out with 5:37 left.
On the ensuing Canyon State drive, the Falcons forced a three-and-out and on the next play quarterback Jesse Rico found a wide open Spencer Ulman for a 56-yard touchdown pass with 2:22 remaining.
The Falcons’ onside kick attempt went out of bounds and Canyon State ran three consecutive running plays, bleeding the clock down to 44 seconds. The Rams punted, but North Pointe failed to put together a game-winning drive.
Canyon State was powered by its ground game as Tyler added a second-quarter 63-yard touchdown run. Tyler led the Rams with 261 yards on 25 carries.
Rico found Haley on the game’s opening possession for a 37-yard Rams touchdown pass. Rico completed 2 of 6 passes for 66 yards.
Canyon State created turnovers all night, as Splunge added an interception in the fourth while Lawerence Shorter recovered a fumble in the second.