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Marcos romps in intra-Tempe matchup with McClintock

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Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:17 pm | Updated: 11:45 pm, Thu Oct 13, 2011.

Marcos de Niza routed McClintock, 63-6, in Thursday night's military honoring football game.

The team honored veterans with a pregame ceremony, and each team had an honorary guest, (active or veteran) with them on the field for the pregame presentations.

The Padres wore camouflage uniforms.

"It was such an emotional roller coaster, I think every kid was crying," Marcos coach Roy Lopez said. "I don't think there was a dry eye in the house."

McClintock (3-5) started the game by Joseph Wells returning the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, but missed the two-point conversion attempt. Marcos then kept the Chargers out of the end zone for the rest of the night.

The Padres (6-2) responded to the kickoff return with four touchdowns in the first half and took a 28-6 lead at halftime.

Tommy Thornton had another stellar performance at quarterback for the Padres. He threw for 335 yards and three touchdowns on the night. The rest of the offense was equally in-synch. Receiver Paul Elvira had seven catches for 143 yards and two receiving touchdowns, and added a rushing touchdown late in the game.

"It was a great night and a great win for us," Thornton said. "The line stepped up and did a great job. Defense was huge tonight. They played their hearts out and represented us well."

Running backs Mauriece Lee and Josh Kirkwood kept the Chargers defense unsure all night. Lee had two rushing touchdowns in the final minutes of the first half, and ended the game with 127 yards. Kirkwood added 112 total yards and two touchdowns.

Conversely, the Chargers, who had won two consecutive games, only put up 30 yards rushing and 93 yards passing.

"The kids battled their butts off. We came out and battled hard," Chargers first-year coach Matt Lewis said. "This is a good school with great tradition and we are trying to build on it."

The Chargers threatened to score one last time on the final drive of the game, but couldn't put the ball in from the 5-yard line as time expired.

"That was huge. We had all of our sophomores and juniors in there for us," Lopez said. "That's our future. We are excited about our future just like we are excited about now. For us to shut them out, our defense has done a really great job."



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