That rough start to the 2013 football season is now a distant memory.
Tempe Prep won its fourth consecutive game on Friday, going on the road to down Scottsdale Christian, 55-13.
After dropping their first three games of the season by a combined score of 80-0, the Knights have now won four in a row by a combined score of 220-13.
Part of the reason for the drastic change is the schedule, as Tempe Prep opened the year against powerhouses Yuma Catholic, Show Low and Phoenix Northwest Christian.
As the schedule got a little softer the Knights have gotten a lot better. It’s a good thing, too, because starting tailback Isaiah Brittain was on the verge of panicking.
“A little … well, a lot actually,” Brittain said. “After the start we had we knew we would have to win out to make the playoffs.”
On Friday the Knights moved a little closer, and they didn’t even need a passing game. It was their punishing ground game that dominated the Eagles.
The numbers are impressive as the team rushed 43 times for 559 yards. The passing game resulted in 20 yards.
“When we complete three or four passes that means our passing game is prolific,” Tempe Prep coach Thomas Brittain said.
Tempe Prep had three running backs go over 100 yards: Isaiah Brittain getting 157 yards on 11 carries and three touchdowns. Getamesay Wiese added 143 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries and Joel Simoneau had 103 yards on six carries and one touchdown.
Starting quarterback Benjamin LeBeau had the easiest job on the field by simply handing the ball off to the talented runners. He did rush for 50 yards, but was hurt late in the first half and did not return. Thomas Brittain was unsure if he would play next week.
Oddly enough, it was the Knights’ defense which got them momentum as Scottsdale Christian opened the game with a nine-play drive that got the Eagles down to the 3-yard line. But they were pushed backwards by Tempe Prep’s defense and turned the football over on downs.
The Knights then answered with a seven-play drive capped by a 63-yard touchdown run by Wiese to open the scoring.
Tempe Prep didn’t quit as it scored 21 points in both the second and third quarters. The games officials used a running clock beginning late in the third quarter when the score became 49-7.
Scottsdale Christian’s scored came on a 95-yard kickoff return by Alec Garcia and 63-yard pass from Jack Johnson to wide receiver Cole Lenderink.
Once winless three games into the season and having little confidence, the Knights are now one hot football team.
“High school kids can lose their confidence easy,” Thomas Brittain said. “Now we are playing nice football. We’re playing good defense and not turning the football over.”
Tempe Prep 55, Scottsdale Christian 13
First Downs: Tempe Prep 22, Scottsdale Christian 9
Rushing: Tempe Prep 43-559; Scottsdale Christian 22-65
Passing (Comp-Att-Yards-TD-Int): Tempe Prep 1-6-20-0-0; Scottsdale Christian 7-17-161-1-2
Fumbles-Lost: Tempe Prep 2-0; Scottsdale Christian 1-1
Penalties-Yards: Tempe Prep 3-25; Scottsdale Christian 6-65
Tempe Prep 7 21 21 6 - 55
Scott. Christian 0 7 0 6 - 13
TP: Wiese 63 run (Wiese kick)
TP: Z. Brittain 10 run (Wiese kick)
TP: I. Brittain 4 run (Wiese kick)
SCA: Garcia 95 kickoff return (Lenderink kick)
TP: I. Brittain 19 run (Wiese kick)
TP: I. Brittain 76 run (Wiese kick)
TP: Wiese 2 run (Wiese kick)
TP: Schumate 29 run (Wiese kick)
TP: Simoneau 48 run (kick failed)
SCA: Lenderink 63 pass from Johnson (kick failed)