Desert Vista had to stew over a disappointing loss in the opening game even longer because of a bye week.
The Thunder inflicted some of that pent up frustration on the very first offensive play on the way to a 49-20 win over Basha on Friday night after building a 35-0 lead.
The Thunder set the standard for the game with a 92-yard touchdown run by Keishaud White on the first play from scrimmage.
“I just followed the hole. We’ve been working on it in practice and I just tried to make it a great run,” White said.
Desert Vista’s first two touchdowns were on plays of 40-plus yards and the third was set up by a 38-yard pass all within seven minutes of the previous score.
“Our game plan was to get up on these guys. We knew we could run the ball at them, but with the quarterback and the offence they have the key was to get up on them,” Thunder coach Dan Hinds said.
Basha’s offense looked to start a comeback early in the second half, forcing a three-and-out and then scoring its first touchdown. After being repeatedly stopped in the first half, Bears’ head coach Gerald Todd said it was good to see.
“We’ve just got to make more plays with those two,” he said, referring to senior quarterback Ryan Kelley and receiver Terrell Brown.
“Terrell is one of the top receivers in the state and when you match that up with one of the top quarterbacks in the state, it’s a deadly duo.”
Brown caught 16 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns. The other Basha receivers combined for only 72 yards.
“We’ve got to work with Kelley more. I think we would all benefit from one-on-one sessions with him to work out routes,” Brown said.
Despite their stellar combined effort, the running game never got going, and the defense had its holes exploited.
“Desert Vista came out and jumped out on us early. It put us in a situation that was hard to dig out of," Todd said.
The Thunder put up 35 points in the first half, scoring on all but one of their possessions. Quarterback Nick Thomas threw one touchdown pass and ran for two more.
“He’s a natural leader. We tell him not to put pressure on himself and just run the offence” said Hinds.
Thomas finished the night with no interceptions and 287 total yards.
“Our line did a great job of protecting up front, so I felt more comfortable stepping up,” the senior quarterback said.
The Thunder travel to Skyline next week and take on the Coyotes. Basha will take on Red Mountain for their third road game in a row.
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Desert Vista 49, Basha 20
BHS 0 0 6 14 - 20
DV 14 21 7 7 - 49
DV – K. White 92 run (Erickson kick) 8:31
DV – Stagg 44 pass from Thomas (Erickson kick) 3:36
DV – Dillard 3 run (Erickson kick) 8:39
DV – Thomas 75 run (Erickson kick) 5:44
DV – Thomas 1 run (Erickson kick) 0:11
BHS – Brown 89 pass from Kelley (NO Good) 7:02
DV – K. White 2 run (Erickson kick) 5:22
DV – Garcia 25 run (Erickson kick) 8:24
BHS – Brown 43 pass from Kelley (2pt. GOOD) 4:26
BHS – Brown 35 pass from Kelley (2pt. NO GOOD) 2:10
First downs 12 18
Rush-yards 15-12 34-449
Comp-Att-Int 26-39-1 8-18-0
Pass yards 425 132
Total yards 437 581
Fumbles/lost 0-0 4-0
Penalties/yards 6-44 6-66
BHS – Goodman 9-7, Kelley 5-5, Campbell 1-0. DV – K. White 5-143, Thomas 11-155, Dillard 9-46, Hernandez 1-3, Turner 1-2, Werbelow 1-16, Garcia 6-84
BHS – Kelley 26-39-1-425. DV – Thomas 8-16-0-132, Schamante 0-2-0-0.
BHS – Brown 16-353, Goodman 3-37, Collins 4-22, Sifferman 2-13. DV – Dillard 1-(-1), Stagg 2-54, J. White 1-38, Turner 1-1, Werbelow 1-17, Hernandez 1-14, Porter 1-9.
DV – Erickson (35)