Canyon del Oro extended its winning streak to seven games and scored 40 or more points for the seventh time this season and fourth straight game in beating host Casa Grande 56-7 on Friday night.
Making the postseason for the ninth time in 10 years, CDO (9-1) entered the night ranked eighth in the Division III standings and should host a game in the first round of the playoffs next week.
The Dorados’ defense forced six turnovers, including four interceptions.
Senior quarterback Jordan Cross-Lopez led the way on offense, finding the end zone on five occasions including three times through the air, twice to fellow senior J.J. Metz, who finished with 105 yards receiving.
“We finally got some things rolling in the second quarter with some big plays,” said CDO coach Dusty Peace.
“It’s a good way to enter the playoffs. We are excited to be back in.”
Ironwood Ridge 44, Casa Grande Vista Grande 8: At Vista Grande, the visiting Nighthawks (6-4) snapped their three-game losing streak in keeping their playoff hopes alive.
They entered the game ranked 15th in the Division II standings and should earn a playoff spot.
Junior quarterback Dylan Key finished with 180 yards and four touchdowns, two each to juniors Matt Solverson and Michael Franzese.
Nephi Otuafi led the way for the Nighthawks on the ground, finishing with 148 yards and two scores on 21 carries.
“The defense pinned them back; our offense did a nice job passing. I thought it was a complete game,” I-Ridge coach Matt Johnson said.
Bisbee 52, Tanque Verde 6: At Tanque Verde, the Hawks (2-8) rushed for 240 yards but turned the ball over four times in losing their eighth straight.
Running back Benito Pimienta finished the night with 22 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown.