Tempe Prep's offense used nearly every weapon in its arsenal Saturday night as it upheld its perfect record this season.
The Knights overcame a sluggish start before dominating the final three periods en route to a 55-12 victory over Gila Bend in a 1A nonregion football game at Arizona Lutheran Academy in Phoenix.
Seven players scored for Tempe Prep (6-0), which trailed early before the defense was able to shut down Gila Bend (2-4) over the final three quarters.
"We probably overlooked them a little bit because they had a couple of losses," admitted Tempe Prep quarterback Rocky Brittain, who threw two touchdowns and ran for a 54-yard score.
"Gila Bend came out with more intensity in the beginning of the game and we had to step up our game."
Clinging to a 14-12 lead midway through the second quarter, Tempe Prep used a 21-point outburst during the final six minutes of the first half to gain momentum and take control.
Manny Sandoval and Tom McDonald ran for second-quarter scores to give Tempe Prep a 28-12 cushion.
Tempe Prep was able to get the ball back with just less than two minutes remaining, and the Knights took advantage.
With 41 seconds left in the first half, Brittain found Matt Mayor for a 39-yard scoring pass, sending Tempe Prep into the break with a 23-point advantage.
"That was a big play at the end of the first half," Tempe Prep coach Tom Brittain said. "Our kids were probably looking ahead, and that's my fault. But the good thing is we were able to overcome a challenge, and we were finally able to get our passing game on track."
Rocky Brittain's other scoring pass was an 8-yard pass to Matt Rich in the first quarter.
Gila Bend was unable to recover from Tempe Prep's second-quarter burst, as the Knights used their momentum to score on their first three possessions of the second half.
"I figured they might take us lightly," Gila Ben coach Kelvin Liermann said. "(Tempe Prep) has a good team and I knew it would be a tough game for us. We played well early, and I'm proud of how our kids fought."