What a difference a year makes. What a difference a week makes for that matter.
Coming into Friday night’s game with Anthem Boulder Creek, Scottsdale Desert Mountain had lost seven consecutive games dating back to last season, including last week to Gilbert Mesquite. Everyone expected the Wolves to lose eight straight.
However, behind a strong showing by the offensive line and the leadership of senior quarterback Cory Campbell, the Wolves dominated both sides of the ball and picked up their first victory of the season, 13-0, in front of the home crowd.
Campbell passed for 100 yards, rushed for 80 more and scored the game’s only touchdown on a 12-yard run in the second quarter. The team needed him to step up, and he answered in a big way.
Wolves coach Tony Tabor was not surprised.
“Cory … is a warrior,” he said. “He runs our offense to a T. We go as he goes.”
One of the question marks entering the game was the Wolves’ offensive and defensive lines. Both units proved to be a force to be reckoned with against the Jaguars (2-1). Desert Mountain combined for 170 yards rushing and held the heralded Boulder Creek rushing attack, which had been averaging 256 yards per game, to just 46 yards.
A second concern before the game was the addition of nine sophomores to the varsity roster. However, sophomore kicker Kyle Tokasey squelched those fears by kicking field goals of 21 and 30 yards.
Junior Neusha Vakili added 70 yards rushing and senior wideout Brett Patrick contributed with six receptions for 86 yards for Desert Mountain (1-1).
“This is another positive step in our race,” Tabor said. “We’re not there yet, but this is a good step.”
Vitals: Scottsdale Desert Mountain (1-1) defeated Anthem Boulder Creek (2-1), 13-0 in a 5A nonregion game Friday in Scottsdale.
Highlight: Cory Campbell ran 12 yards to the left on an option for the lone touchdown of the game.
Player of the game: Campbell ran 17 times for 80 yards and a touchdown and completed 8 of 15 passes for 100 yards.
Key stat: The Desert Mountain defense held Boulder Creek, which had been averaging 256 yards rushing per game, to only 46 yards