This early in the season, football teams are still trying to work out the kinks. Campo Verde coach Max Ragsdale feels like there are still several of them to be worked out in his team despite beating Barry Goldwater 35-7 on Friday night.
“A lot of room for improvement,” he said. “A lot of mental errors.”
Campo Verde (1-0) jumped out to a 14-0 lead on two rushing touchdowns from running back Zac Wheeler. The Coyotes’ rushing attack worked well, as Wheeler finished with 82 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.
“I felt we did pretty good,” he said. “Obviously we need a little bit more tweaks, we’re not all of the way there yet. We need to pick up the intensity and a little bit more tempo but overall we did alright.”
The passing game didn’t fare as well as the ground attack; Campo Verde quarterbacks Cole Pineda and Dylan Wright combined to go 6-of-20 for 83 yards and two touchdowns. The battle between the two is still ongoing, Ragsdale said.
“We’re still evaluating. We don’t know who our guy is,” he said. “We wanted to make sure everybody got some reps, live game reps behind the first group of offensive linemen and we wanted to make sure it got done that way.”
Goldwater cut the lead to 14-7 on a three-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kooper Ray to tight end Danny Reyes with 9:38 left in the second quarter. It would be the only time the Bulldogs managed to score on the Coyotes’ stingy defense.
Campo Verde’s defenders sacked Ray six times – defensive end Matt Edwards rang up two takedowns – while holding Goldwater to only 43 rushing yards.
“That’s what we do, we play defense here,” Ragsdale said. “That’s our number one priority … our defense always shows up. They fly around, it’s a pretty simple scheme, and they can go play. We love what our defense does.”
After Ray’s touchdown pass, the Coyotes tacked on three more scores on a 33-yard pass from Wright to wide receiver Anthony Carducci late in the second quarter, a seven-yard rushing touchdown from Pineda in the third quarter and one more strike from Wright to wideout Eli Jones to make it 35-7 in the fourth quarter.
With the first-game jitters out of the way, Ragsdale said the Coyotes are turning the attention towards those kinks.
“It’s a ‘W,’ it’s the first one, and you make your most improvement from (game) one to (game) two,” Ragsdale said. “We’re looking to improve those games and improve on our gameplay get ready for Catalina next week.”
Campo Verde 35, Barry Goldwater 7
Rushing – Campo Verde 33-151, Goldwater 31-42
Passing (Comp.-Att.-TD-INT) Campo Verde 6-20-83-2, Goldwater 11-33-1-1
Fumbles-Lost Campo Verde 0-0, Goldwater 2-1
Campo Verde – 14 7 7 7
Goldwater - 0 7 0 0
Campo Verde: Wheeler 3 yard rush (Romero kick)
Campo Verde: Wheeler 5 yard rush (Romero kick)
Goldwater: Reyes 3 yard pass from Ray (Aviles kick)
Campo Verde: Carducci 33 yard pass from Wright (Romero kick)
Campo Verde: Pineda 3 yard rush (Romero kick)
Campo Verde: Jones 4 yard pass from Wright (Romero kick)
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