Outlook: The Gophers have taken their lumps against the South Region’s best the last three weeks, going 0-3 against teams with a combined record of 17-2.
Tonight should be a different story for Florence. While running back Larry Anderson has been steady all season, gaining 100 or more yards in all but one game, the Gophers’ passing offense has struggled.
Quarterback Cash Clemans has thrown five interceptions in the last three games compared to three touchdowns. Top receiver Andy Martinez hasn’t caught a touchdown pass since catching four in a win over San Manuel four weeks ago. Clemans and Martinez will need to regain their connection this week against the Dust Devils if the Gophers have any chance of salvaging a .500 season.
Santa Cruz at Florence
Address: 1000 S. Main, Florence
Records: Santa Cruz 1-5, 0-2 South; Florence 2-4, 0-3
Last year’s meeting: Florence 27, Santa Cruz 6