In a game with a successful onside kick, a safety, a blocked punt and four fumbles, and a severe injury all in the first half, Mesa defeated Skyline 46-2 Friday night at Skyline.
Skyline (3-7, 0-5 East Valley Region) started the game with a flash, recovering a fumble on the kickoff, and on the next Mesa drive sacking quarterback Adam Moreno in the end zone for a safety.
Moreno took the play personally, and immediately turned the next Jackrabbit possession into a 4-yard touchdown connection with Sam Ashby.
Moreno had 234 passing yards with four touchdowns while Ashby led the team in receiving with 149 yards and three touchdowns.
The pair connected 13 times in the game, scoring on catches of 4, 10 and 9 yards.
“We knew we were going to pass a lot in this game,” Moreno said. “(The safety) was good because it got everyone going and it fired us up.”
Dustin Clarke scored on a 16-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, but his largest contribution came on the onside kick preceding the drive.
Clarke, who holds all kickoff duties, booted the kick straight into the helmet of a Skyline player, after which he hustled to recover the loose ball, giving the Jackrabbits another possession.
“We always did it in practice. . . It just hit him in the head and it bounced up perfectly,” Clarke said.
Skyline was hurt by turnovers, as two fumbles led to easy scores for Mesa.
The Coyotes had a hard time keeping the ball long enough to score, with most of their drives ending in a fumble or a turnover on downs.
Mesa concludes its season with a 5-5 record, 2-3 in the East Valley Region. It did not qualify for the state playoffs.