Queen Creek celebrated its homecoming game like royalty on Friday with a 43-12 victory over Cactus Shadows that kept the Bulldogs undefeated.
Cactus Shadows' game plan was to pound away with its ground game, and then air it out when least expected. It worked on the first drive of the night, led by running back RJ Anderson and quarterback Bryce Kinsler, but after that Queen Creek shut down the Hawks offense for the night.
The Falcons (0-4) early drive put them up 6-0 off a Kinsler quarterback sneak, but it went south from there, as he wound up throwing six interceptions on the night.
The Bulldogs (4-0) capitalized on the first Hawks interception, and made it a theme. Queen Creek scored touchdowns on four of the six drives that resulted from Cactus Shadows turnovers
Queen Creek took the lead on a 24-yard pass from Carson Jones to Kevin Parkinsons. Parkinsons had 87 yards and two touchdowns on four receptions, helping the Bulldogs go on a 29-0 run between the Falcons' two touchdowns.
Led by Jones, who had 123 yards passing and two touchdowns, the Bulldogs scored six touchdowns on 11 offensive drives.
“We’ve gone back and forth splitting time between quarterbacks Zach Stimatze and Carson Jones; we did the same thing here and Carson just ended up on a roll,” Bulldogs coach Joe Germaine said.
Stimatze contributed 46 yards passing on four completions, while running back Shaq Johnson helped balance the Bulldogs with 56 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 18 carries.
For the Hawks, Anderson had 112 yards rushing on 31 carries but was kept out of the end zone running most of the second half in the wildcat formation. Kinsler had 139 yards passing and two touchdowns, one passing and one rushing.
“Right now we execute really well on offense and then struggle on the defensive side, or we execute on defense but struggle on the offensive side,” Falcons coach Greg Davis said. “We have very limited varsity experience and until we learn how to win it is just going to continue to be a struggle every week.”
The defensive display by Queen Creek Friday wasn't a fluke. The Bulldogs have been dominant in all four of their games, allowing an average of 11.5 points per game.