Catalina Foothills coach Jeff Scurran took the first step in rebuilding the Falcons Thursday night, although it didn’t come without some drama.
Foothills defeated Desert View 34-28 in overtime in the teams’ season openers at Sunnyside High School.
Led by running back Ty Cruz, the Falcons (1-0) captured their first win since 2011. Cruz rushed for 94 yards on 16 carries and scored a touchdown.
It was a big one: Cruz’s 10-yard run in overtime was the difference in the game.
Still, “I had a bad game,” Cruz said. “But what makes coach Scurran great is that he believes in us, even though I was struggling.”
Foothills freshman Rhett Rodriguez, the son of UA coach Rich Rodriguez, threw for 148 yards and two touchdowns in his first high school game. The quarterback’s 60-yard scoring strike in the third quarter gave the Falcons a temporary lead.
Desert View running back Jarratt White had a record-breaking day in a losing effort. The senior rushed for a school-record 305 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns. White was limited to just 77 yards in the second half.
“I’ve never coached a team that was so nervous,” Scurran said. “But all I needed was to watch these kids. They’re great, and maybe they can see that this hard work does pay off."