In Friday night’s 42-24 win for Arcadia against Paradise Valley, the Titans showed that they can score from anywhere, at any time.
Vince Roscoe took the opening kickoff 80 yards for a score and later the Titans upped their advantage to 21-10 when Ryan Fochtman bulldozed in from 13 yards out.
Then with fewer than two minutes left in the first half, Paradise Valley took the ball from deep inside its own territory into the Titans' red zone. In the final seconds before halftime, Paradise Valley quarterback Ryan Finley scrambled to his right in an attempt to stop the clock. He was tackled just short of the sideline and lost the ball to Arcadia defensive back Satran Brendan, who returned it 80 yards to make it 28-10.
Arcadia also received explosive offensive plays from running back Bradley Tefft, who finished with nine carries for 112 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
“I think we are beginning to show that we have a more balanced team,” Arcadia coach Jim Ellison said. “It was just last week where the talk was that we only had three returning starters.”
Ellison also heaped praise on junior quarterback Cole Richardson, who made his second career start. Despite throwing two interceptions, Richardson showed a live deep ball, connecting with Jared Thorn for 50 yards and Tefft for 38 yards which set up the Titans' final touchdown.
“We definitely know we can come back from anything,” Richardson said. “We just have a solid first-team offense.”
“We have continuity, balance and speed,” Thorn said.
Paradise Valley also showed its speed. The Trojans amassed 480 yards of offense, including 274 passing by Finley, but were haunted by penalties and three plays that proved to be their downfall -- the defensive and special teams touchdowns it allowed while still in striking distance, as well as an interception at the Titans 1-yard line in the third quarter with the Trojans about to pull within a score.