They better get used to the phrase “sophomore sensation” at Paradise Valley High School.
Behind the grind-it-out running game of sophomores Tyree Parker and Jake Brown, the Trojans opened the season Friday with a 17-0 road victory over Glendale Sandra Day O’Connor.
The duo combined to rush for 198 yards and two touchdowns in leading Paradise Valley to victory in its first game since moving from Class 5A to the 4A Division I level.
“We’ve got a pretty young group so we’ve still got a lot of work to do,’’ Paradise Valley coach Donnie Yantis said. “We’re in the building process.”
The first time Parker touched the football he took an inside handoff, broke two tackles and then raced 69 yards for a first-quarter touchdown. It’s safe to say he won’t forget that moment.
Early in the second quarter, Parker added a 1-yard scoring run to put Paradise Valley ahead 14-0.
Brown took over in the second half as he had 78 of his 81 rushing yards following intermission.
The only scoring of the second half came on a 47-yard field goal by junior Danny Compton.
The score could have been considerably worse for the Eagles, but the Trojans threw two interceptions deep in Eagles’ territory.