In a matchup between two of the city’s best young quarterbacks, Friday night’s affair between Cholla and Marana was decidedly one-sided. The Tigers dominated the Chargers 52-6 and moved to 5-2 on the season.
Trenton Bourguet outshined his counterpart Jordan Porter by throwing four touchdown passes in the first half. Combined with an effective ground game, the Tigers were able to score at will and go into the half with a 43-0 lead.
“We started off running and then passing and they had trouble stopping that, but you know we have a big game next week and I feel like we did a great job tonight,” Bourguet said.
The Tigers’ defense was the star of the show in many respects. Marana shut down Porter, who came into the game with over 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing on the season.
The Tigers defense held him to just 6-of-19 passing for 44 yards and an interception in the first half. The second half wouldn’t get much better as Porter and the Charger offense couldn’t get out of their own way, turning the ball over and giving up a safety. Porter did manage to score the lone touchdown for Cholla in the third quarter.
“I liked how our guys came out and got on it right from the get go, we knew this was a big region game, a statement game,” said Marana head coach Andy Litten. “They have a great offense and a lot of good athletes and I think our defense rose to the challenge.
“I think that our front four did a really great job of putting pressure on him (Porter) and I don’t know if a front four come after him like that before, and I thought we did a great job of corralling him and mixing up our defenses a bit.”
After starting 0-2 with close losses, the Tigers appear to be a threat, especially with the emergence of their front four on defense. They’ve surrendered just 46 points during their win streak while the offense shows no signs of slowing down.
The win marks five in a row for the Tigers as they head to Poston Butte next week in another pivotal conference matchup. Cholla will look to bounce back when it faces Poston Butte after a bye week.