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Posted: Saturday, September 6, 2008 12:29 am | Updated: 11:41 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Phoenix St. Mary’s Knights rode their special teams and defense to victory over the Anthem Boulder Creek Jaguars, 27-6, Friday night at Phoenix College.

The Phoenix St. Mary’s Knights rode their special teams and defense to victory over the Anthem Boulder Creek Jaguars, 27-6, Friday night at Phoenix College.

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After a first half dominated by penalties, punts and sacks for both squads, the Knights got a 90-yard kick return for a touchdown from Jacob Santa Cruz to begin the second half.

St. Mary’s special teams electrified Hoy Stadium again when Jordan Gentles scored on a 41-yard run on a fake punt at the end of the third quarter. R.J. McGill ran a direct snap to just short of the first-down marker and then pitched the ball back to Gentles, who took it the rest of the way for the score, putting St. Mary’s ahead 21-0 going into the final quarter.

Special teams and trickery were not the only weapons employed by the Knights. A solid defensive performance by Joshua Fulton and Joe Jajou helped limit the Jaguars to just a single touchdown in the final minute.

Fulton also caught the game’s only touchdown pass on a 15-yard delivery from Estefan Pedraza.

Aside from Pedraza’s touchdown pass, both offenses struggled when they put the ball in the air. St. Mary’s threw for just 36 yards on 13 attempts and Boulder Creek connected on just 3 of 11 passes.

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