Queen Creek football fans are used to seeing their running back run rampant through opposing defenses. However, Friday night against McClintock, it was junior Weston Barlow, not Matt Guida, who was racking up rushing yards. With Guida injured, Barlow took center state in Queen Creek’s 42-18 victory over McClintock.
“Weston is a stud,” said Queen Creek head coach Travis Schureman. “It’s been great to have him step in for Matt, it’s been nice not to miss a beat.”
Barlow found the end zone less than three minutes into the game, when he took a swing pass from Bryce Dobbs 50 yards for a touchdown. After the Queen Creek defense forced McClintock into a three-and-out, Barlow ran 66 yards to give the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Barlow finished the game with 289 yards on 16 carries and five total touchdowns.
“Everything happened right, the offensive line is amazing,” said Barlow. “They always make holes for me and we were able to pull off the win.”
McClintock (2-2) quickly responded with their first score of the game. With less than a minute left in the first quarter, Esteban Arteaga found the endzone on a 19-yard run.
After the Charger defense forced a three-and-out, McClintock drove 79 yards for their second score of the game. Just like their first scoring drive, it was Arteaga who found endzone, this time on a 14-yard screen pass from Dominic Arona.
“The kids have confidence in our offense and our defense, that we can be in any game,” said McClintock coach Matt Lewis. “It seems like we are progressing every week.”
With the Chargers driving late in the first half, Arona was intercepted by Queen Creek’s defensive end Bryce Dobbs, who returned the ball to the McClintock 1 yard-line. Barlow scored his third touchdown of the game on the next play, as time expired in the first half.
“I was upset at the end of the first half, because we left three scores on the field,” said Lewis. “The interception we threw on the screen pass, that guy should have been blocked, take that away and I think this is a fight to the very end in the final quarter.”
Queen Creek (4-0) scored touchdowns on its first two drives of the second half. Barlow scored on runs of 55 and 69 yards respectively. The Bulldog defense forced McClintock to turn the ball over on downs four times in the second half.
The Bulldogs will look to continue their unbeaten season next week when they host Higley before a showdown at Saguaro on October 4th. Guida is week to week according to Schureman. For now, Weston Barlow looks capable of carrying the Queen Creek offense.
Queen Creek 42, McClintock 18
First Downs: QC 13, MC 12
Rushing: QC 36-355, MC 47-313
Passing: QC 5-13-86-1-2, MC 8-14-88-1-2Fumbles-Lost: QC 0-0, MC 1-1
Penalties-yards: QC 2-20, MC 2-15
Queen Creek 14 7 14 7 - 42
McClintock 6 6 6 0 - 18
QC: Barlow 50 pass from Dobbs (Paulsen kick)
QC: Barlow 66 run (Paulsen kick)
MC: Arteaga 19 run (kick failed)
MC: Arteaga 14 pass from Arona (2-PT failed)
QC: Barlow 1 run (Paulesen kick)
QC: Barlow 55 run (Paulsen kick)
MC: Arteaga 80 run (2-PT failed)
QC: Barlow 69 run (Paulsen kick)
QC: Lemley 3 run (Paulsen kick)