Heralded for its high-powered offense, Scottsdale Desert Mountain, for the second straight week, proved its defense is just as stellar.
More importantly, in the home opener against Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep, the Wolves picked up their first win, dominating on both sides of the ball in a 45-3 victory.
The Wolves’ defense has gone eight quarters without giving up a touchdown. Its 13-6 loss last week against Brophy consisted of a pair of field goals and special teams score for the Broncos.
“We’ve made big plays on defense,” said Desert Mountain coach Tony Tabor. “Our mentality is that if we can play defense, we’ll be in any ballgame.”
The defense held Notre Dame to just 62 total yards, only 18 on the ground, and picked off three passes.
Senior linebacker Greg Frasco intercepted a pass at the Saints 15 and scored the Wolves second touchdown, giving them a 14-0 first-quarter lead.
“We did a great job of getting pressure on (Notre Dame quarterback Thomas Lehman) and I just played football,” said Frasco. “The guys up front did it for me by putting on pressure.”
A week after getting a lot of passing yards from Texas A&M commitment Kyle Allen, the Wolves offense added points to the QB’s big numbers and got an added boost from the running game.
Allen went 14-for-16 for 229, but none of the team’s four first-half touchdowns came through the air. Desert Mountain running backs Deion Warren and Dan Fedorka both rushed for over 70 yards. Warren had a touchdown and had 85 yards on 10 carries. Fedorka added score and had 75 on just eight totes.
Allen threw for 266 yards last week against Brophy, but the running game managed just 67 and averaged less than three yards per carry. They were much more balanced Friday against the Saints.
“We ran the ball really well and we had a lot of backs carry the ball,” Tabor said. “They all did a great job and it opened up our passing game. You’ve got to be able to run the football and, besides one kickoff, we did a great job on special teams.”
Notre Dame managed just three first-half first downs, the last two coming on Wolves’ penalties. The Saints suffered a blow early when fullback Phil Caniglia, the team’s top rusher in last week’s win over Fairfax, left the game after the first series with an apparent leg injury.
Lehman threw for over 200 yards and three touchdowns a week ago, but the Wolves defense was a little stronger, holding the Saints quarterback to only 44 passing yards.
Desert Mountain 45, Notre Dame 3
First Downs: ND 7, DM 23
Rushing: ND 29-18, DM 36-197
Passing (comp.-att.-TD-INT): ND 6-22-44-0-3, DM 14-16-229-1-0
Fumbles-lost: ND 0-0, DM 3-3
Penalties-yards: ND 4-27, DM 9-70
Notre Dame 0 0 3 0 -- 3
Desert Mountain 14 17 7 7 -- 45
DM: Warren 13 run (Taylor kick)
DM: Frasco 15 interception return (Taylor kick)
DM: Fedorka 1 run (Taylor kick
DM: Craig 9 run (Taylor kick)
DM: Taylor 39 FG
ND: Naquin 36 FG
DM: Andrews 15 pass from Allen (Taylor kick)
DM: Openshaw 3 run (Taylor kick)