Horizon handled 10th-ranked Phoenix North Canyon like a heavyweight champ approaches a prize fight: a lot of defense to set up a couple killer punches.
The Huskies (3-2, 2-0) dropped the Rattlers (3-2, 1-1), 17-6, as Jordan Vulcano erupted for a first quarter TD, while Daniel Schilling ran for a 35-yarder in the final period in a 5A Desert Valley Region game Friday night at Horizon.
"We don't take chances," said Horizon coach Keith Brown. "We rely on field position, but we thought that we would break one. Dan Schilling is that kind of back. He keeps pounding until he gets one."
Andrew Peloquin connected with Vulcano for 48 yards on the first TD. North Canyon countered with 56-yard halfback option pass on fourth down early in the second quarter but shanked the extra point to trail, 7-6 at the half. Huskie sophomore Stefan Demos nailed a 45-yard field goal in the third quarter before Schilling iced the game in the final period.
Horizon controlled the line of scrimmage, especially in the second half when Matt Huff pounded the ball for 42 yards.
"He was a man tonight in terms of running the ball," Brown said of the senior. "I'm really proud of Matt Huff."
"We knew we had to start pounding the ball," Huff said. "We knew what we had to do, and we did it."