Tempe McClintock showed a bulldog mentality Friday night. The visiting Chargers had to grind and scratch their way past pesky Phoenix Shadow Mountain 17-7 Friday night in 4A-II Desert Sky Region action.
“We felt like this was as close to a must win as you can have in week 7,” McClintock coach Mike Gibbons said. “We set ourselves up in pretty good shape with the strength of our schedule to get into the playoffs. That was exactly what we wanted.”
The Chargers were in a 3-3 deadlock late in the third quarter when quarterback Eric Urry broke away for a 55-yard scoring run to put the Chargers up 10-3.
“Shadow Mountain is a good football team and is as big upfront as you want to be,” said Gibbons, whose team has three region games remaining. “Our kids were definitely outsized tonight.”
Following the ensuing Matadors three-and-out, Urry again made something happen for the Chargers when he found Ricky Astrain on a quick streak that resulted in a 53-yard touchdown pass to seal the victory with 10:38 remaining.
Urry was not only apart of the game’s two scoring plays but anchored the relentless Chargers defense with two interceptions. Rodney Moravitz also added an interception for McClintock.
“What a job by the defense tonight,” Gibbons said. “The defense is what set us up for the two scores in the second half. I thought that was the key to the game.”
McClintock (4-3, 1-2 region) didn’t give Shadow Mountain (2-5, 0-4) much offensively as the Chargers held the Matadors to 130 yards of total offense.
Urry led the Chargers on the ground with 111 yards on 11 carries and completed 4-of-12 passes for 97 yards. Anthony Shivers added to the rushing attack with 45 yards on 15 carries.