Talk about being a gracious host. Queen Creek coughed up four fumbles and an interception that led to a 15-7 loss to Goodyear Millennium in a 4A nonregion game Friday at home.
The loss evened Queen Creek’s record to 4-4 with two games left, but the Bulldogs are 3-0 in the 4A East Sky Region.
“We gave them only one touchdown against our defense,” said an angry Queen Creek coach Curt LeBlanc.
“We can’t give up (the turnovers).
“We need to make plays when it is time to make plays,” LeBlanc said. “Time is running out. We have the athletes to do that, and we didn’t make it tonight.
“We have two games left to see what we have. We have great athletes, great kids. They just didn’t make plays tonight.”
Queen Creek had just two first downs in the first half, but Millennium did not help itself to the Bulldog miscues as the Tigers had penalties slow up their offense and had several drives into opposing territory come up empty.
Millennium’s touchdown came as backup quarterback Mike Massey hit Derek Waddell on a 15-yard touchdown pass with 59 seconds left in the third quarter to give the Tigers a 15-0 lead.
Queen Creek’s offense did put together one solid drive in the fourth quarter after Tod Workman’s 23-yard run on a fourth-and-1 play put the Bulldogs in position for Marqus Martinez’s 1-yard scoring run with six minutes remaining.
The Bulldogs got the ball back three minutes later, but two 5-yard penalties and three straight dropped passes locked up the win for the visiting Tigers.