RINCON/UNIVERSITY 63, CATALINA 0

Despite illness, Alexander has a big night

Back accounts for 201 yards, four TDs with flu-like symptoms
2012-09-15T00:00:00Z 2012-09-15T14:44:26Z Despite illness, Alexander has a big nightDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 15, 2012 12:00 am  • 

The way Kevionte Alexander played in Rincon/University's homecoming game Friday night, most would assume he was feeling spectacular.

But the senior running back and No. 2 rusher in Southern Arizona was sick.

Despite flu-like symptoms, he ran for 201 yards and four touchdowns, returned one of two interceptions for a touchdown and helped the Rangers to a 63-0 homecoming win over Catalina in front of a packed home crowd.

"I've been feeling sick all week, but I had to suck it up for my team," Alexander said. "I just did my best to take it one play at a time."

The Rangers (3-1) jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter after having run only three offensive plays.

After Catalina went three-and-out, Christian Chavira's punt got caught in the wind and only gained two yards, giving Rincon the ball on the Catalina 25.

Kaylyn Taylor then ran for a touchdown on the Rangers' first play from scrimmage.

Four plays after that and just after the Trojans converted a first down, Alexander intercepted Marquise Moore and returned up the sideline for a 42-yard score.

After Catalina punted away its next possession, Rincon quarterback Andrew Cable connected with Taylor for a 43-yard score to put the Rangers up 21-0 midway through the first quarter.

"We had a great homecoming crowd and it was electric," Cable said. "We were pumped up and came out on fire."

Catalina (2-2) fumbled on the third play of its next possession and Rincon's Chris Shicker returned it to the 15.

One play after that, on Alexander's first carry, he cut to the left side and dived into the end zone to make it 28-0 after only three offensive plays.

"We got up early on them and got really good momentum," Rincon coach Nate Gahn said. "They've got some good kids, but we just got on a roll and never stopped.

"This win is huge for the school. They haven't won on homecoming here in seven or eight years," Gahn said.

Rincon's offense eventually settled down into its original game plan but still put up points. The Rangers scored every time they touched the ball in the first half.

Cable hit Art Reyes for a 19-yard touchdown less than two minutes into the second quarter and three minutes after that Alexander broke loose for a 41-yard gain before he scored on a 20-yard run to make it 42-0.

Moments later Alexander intercepted another Moore pass and then capped that drive with a 17-yard score just before the half.

Alexander ran for 126 yards in the first half while Catalina only managed 111 yards in the game as a team.

Alexander had a 25-yard run to open the third quarter and then ran for a 50-yard score before being taken out of the game to rest.

Catalina coach Sam Rolfe said the game was a reflection of his team's bad week of practice and added that the early mistakes hurst.

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