There's only one D in Desert Mountain, but D played a huge role Thursday night in the Wolves bouncing back from a tough loss last week.
Quarterback Drew Seaman passed for three touchdowns, wide out Dekota D'Angelo caught two of those and Desert Mountain's defense shut down Phoenix North Canyon's offense in producing a 20-0 victory over the Rattlers in a 5A Desert Valley Region game at Desert Mountain High.
"We'd been blitzing quite a bit and tonight we played mostly our base D with bot two safeties," Desert Mountain coach Tony Tabor said. "... The defense stayed solid for us."
It was the fourth shutout this season for Desert Mountain (5-2, 1-1), which rebounded from a 32-20 loss to Phoenix St. Mary's last week in its region opener. The Wolves limited North Canyon to 162 yards total offense and the Rattlers never penetrated Desert Mountain's 30 the entire game.
Offensively on Thursday, Seaman, a junior, was 22-of-41 passing for 259 yards. It was Seaman's fourth start of the year and has allowed senior Kevin Radcliffe to operate at running back rather than quarterback. Radcliffe played ill on Thursday and was bottled up by North Canyon's defense.
Seaman had a strong first half, going 15-of-25 passing for 171 yards and two touchdowns to stake the Desert Mountain to a 13-0 lead at halftime. His two first-half scoring tosses of 38 and 47 yards came 95 seconds apart. He hooked up with D'Angelo for the first TD with 20 seconds left in the opening period. The second came on the first play after the second of three first-half Desert Mountain interceptions set the Wolves up at North Canyon's 47. Seaman connected with Matt Del Valle on the 47-yard post with 10:45 to play before halftime.
D'Angelo caught nine passes for 109 yards and tacked on the final score of the night on an 8-yard reception from Seaman with 3:48 left in the game.
Desert Mountain safety Kyle Tokasey had two interceptions for Desert Mountain and was in on several hard hits delivered by the Wolves' secondary.
North Canyon receiver Alex Schwindt took a shot from Tokasey early in the fourth period and was temporarily knocked out. Schwindt regained consciousness, but was taken off on a stretcher for precautionarly reasons and taken to a local hospital for observation. North Canyon coach Brian Cole said Schwindt had movement but was dazed and complaining of some neck pain.
"He's a tough kid, I think he's going to be OK," Cole said.
Desert Mountain, which hasn't qualified for the playoffs in football for a decade, will at least hold its own in the top 10 in 5A-II power-point rankings (they were ninth when the night began). The Wolves have three games remaining: Phoenix Pinnacle, Scottsdale Chaparral and Scottsdale Horizon.