Florence racked up 282 yards on the ground Friday and beat host Eloy Santa Cruz 27-6 in a 3A South Region game on the Dust Devils’ homecoming night.
Dishon Abbs shouldered the bulk of the running load for the Gophers (4-2, 2-2 South Region) with 26 carries for 190 yards and two touchdowns. Abbs scored his first touchdown on a 43-yard run in the first quarter. John Gooday then hooked up with Brian Ringer for a 5-yard touchdown with 20 seconds left in the first half to give the Gophers a 14-0 lead.
The Florence defense put the game away from there, allowing Santa Cruz (1-6, 0-3) only two first downs in the second half.
Kyrion Nelson had three sacks on eight tackles.
Abbs scored his second TD on a 43-yard run in the fourth quarter.