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Wildcats' defense scores twice, blanks Padres

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Posted: Friday, September 24, 2004 12:24 am

September 24, 2004

Mesquite broke out at Marcos de Niza’s expense, ruining the Padres' homecoming with a 55-0 shutout Thursday night.

A closer game was expected after Marcos (2-2) pounded Phoenix Camelback last week while the Wildcats felt fortunate to slip by an inspired Mesa squad.

But the Padres played Thursday without star running back Terrance Hooks, who suffered what they hoped was a slight sprain at the end of last week’s 254-yard performance.

“I thought we played great on both sides of the ball,” said Mesquite coach Rich Iversen. “We were flat against Mesa but we came out here with high intensity. I could tell it in the locker room.”

The Wildcats (3-1) had to settle for a 21-yard Jeff Scafaria field goal for their first score, but Erik Archuleta followed with a 6-yard bootleg for a 10-0 first-quarter lead. The junior quarterback had the best rushing performance of his career, piling up 111 yards — most of which came on two plays, including a 44-yard touchdown run late in the game. He also connected with Saunders Montague for a 27-yard score.

The Wildcat defense continued its stellar play, getting two scores and holding Marcos to 38 yards rushing and five first downs.

Kevin Gallas, who had two sacks in the first quarter, intercepted Adam Reyes on the first play of the second quarter and returned it 31 yards for a 17-0 lead.

“I just saw the pass and went for it,” said the junior. “We really needed this one.”

Senior Justin Harmon scored on both sides of the ball, capping a second-quarter drive with a 1-yard TD run, then picking up what almost everyone thought was an incomplete pass and returning it 25 yards for a TD.

“There was no whistle,” Iversen said. “It was a smart play.”

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