The Higley defense intercepted six passes and the offense rushed for 314 yards as the Knights defeated Phoenix Washington 28-12 in a 4A nonregion game at Washington Friday night.
With less than four minutes left and Higley leading by nine points, the Rams pushed the ball inside the 5-yard line for a fourth-and-goal. Washington quarterback Jon Camacho lobbed a pass toward the back corner of the end zone, but Higley defensive back Erick Moon came down with the ball to give his team possession and essentially seal the game for the Knights.
“You’re feeling down, they’re driving down the field and a guy comes up and makes a big play like that — Erick has been making them for three weeks — it gives the whole momentum back to the offense,” Higley quarterback Trey Gray said.
The Knights responded with a five-play, 75-yard scoring drive, capped by an 11-yard touchdown run by Gray. Higley got two rushing touchdowns from running back Taylor McArthur, who also made two interceptions.
“The defense worked really hard in practice this week and they stepped up,” Gray said. “They gave us the momentum changes we needed tonight.”
On Washington’s first play from scrimmage, wide receiver Victor Gamiz hit receiver Bradley Leonard for a 43-yard end-around pass. On a fourth-down play later on the drive, Camacho hit Gamiz in the back corner of the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown.
Passing wasn’t as easy after that, however. Camacho attempted 77 passes, completing 39 for 420 yards, but ended six drives with interceptions. Gray said he was intrigued by the idea of someday attempting 77 passes in a game.
“I’d love it, but we have a really solid ground game,” Gray said. “Every quarterback would say yes to that (opportunity).”
Play was delayed for approximately 20 minutes in the fourth quarter as Washington receiver Trevor Johnson was injured on the sideline. Emergency personnel were called in to tend to Johnson, who was taken off the field on a stretcher in an ambulance. A Washington coach said the move was “precautionary.”
Vitals: Higley (2-1) defeated Phoenix Washington (2-2) 28-12 in a 4A non-region game at Washington Friday night.
Highlight: Higley defensive back Erick Moon intercepted a pass in the end zone with less than four minutes left in the game.
Player of the game: Higley running back/defensive back Taylor McArthur ran for two touchdowns on offense, and intercepted two passes.
Key stat: Higley intercepted Washington quarterback Jon Camacho six times, including two in the end zone.