Lynx pull away from Patriots 36-8
BULLHEAD CITY — Mohave Accelerated Learning Center’s football game against Fredonia was competitive for three quarters, but the Lynx pulled away in the fourth to post a 36-8 win.
“We know we can move the ball,” Patriots coach Adam Gibson said after the contest. “We know we can stop the ball on defense. We just have to want to do it the whole game.”
Fredonia jumped out to a 6-0 first-quarter lead on Wyatt Grover’s 14-yard touchdown run.
On the second play of the ensuing MALC possession, Lynx defender Lane Bunting tackled Patriots quarterback Coleton Brooke in the end zone for a safety, making it 8-0.
Later in the quarter, Fredonia quarterback Caleb Utter scored on a 1-yard run.
MALC got on the board in the second quarter, on a 57-yard dash by Damien Burris. Brooke’s two-point conversion run made it 16-8.
Then began a defensive stalemate that lasted until Utter connected with Grover on a 3-yard scoring pass with 8:49 left in the game.
Grover’s brother Jackson’s 14-yard TD run made it 30-8 with 4:17 left to play.
MALC’s next possession was plagued with penalties and negative plays, and ended with a failure to convert a fourth-and-41.
The game ended with Utter intercepting a Brooke pass and returning it 47 yards for a score.
Gibson said his team was hindered by the absence of halfback Kelden Holmes, but the night was doomed by poor execution.
“If we don’t block, it doesn’t matter who we have in there,” he said.
Gibson said the play of Brooke was a positive. The senior was responsible for several of MALC’s more productive plays, including scrambles of 13 and 14 yards and a 45-yard pass to Logan Cota.
Brooke also intercepted a pass in the end zone, though the turnover was negated by a penalty.
“He’s a baller,” Gibson said. “He wants to win. He does anything he can to prepare himself mentally and physically for a game.”
The Patriots (0-3) next travel to Phoenix to take on Anthem Prep Saturday night.
The Arizona Interscholastic Association 1A conference Patriots are 0-3.