Pusch Ridge Christian won its sixth straight game Friday, as Taylor Fitzgerald scored on four of his first six touches and became the first 1,000-yard rusher in school history in the Lions’ 56-13 win at San Carlos.
Fitzgerald ran for 122 yards on just five carries to increase his season total to 1,086 rushing yards. In the first quarter alone, he ran for three touchdowns and returned a punt 66 yards for a score as Pusch Ridge led 27-0.
Lions sophomore Cody Cropp replaced injured senior Jacob Frithsen at quarterback, and the change went off without any problems. Cropp threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Lions improved to 7-1.
“It was a good night for us,” said second-year coach Troy Cropp, Cody’s father. “Our offensive line really played phenomenal and getting our new quarterback some reps was a big thing.”
• Catalina Foothills 49, Casa Grande 7: At Casa Grande, the Falcons scored 28 second-quarter points, capped by a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown by senior Tommy Ciaccio.
Four different rushers found the end zone for Foothills (6-2), including Ian Turner, who scored from 11 and 25 yards out. Freshman quarterback Rhett Rodriguez ran for a 42-yard touchdown and threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Elliott Buchanan. Rodriguez, the son of UA football coach Rich Rodriguez, finished 8 for 10 for 117 yards.
“It’s nice to see Rhett taking control of the offense, Foothills coach Jeff Scurran said.
• Maricopa 49, Flowing Wells 0: At Maricopa, the Caballeros offense stalled and was not able to generate points for the second consecutive week. Flowing Wells (1-7) hosts Canyon del Oro next Friday.