Sunday, August 31, 2014

Weekend Recap: Aztecs blowout NAU, #6 Helix pulls off upset, and more.

San Diego State 38, Northern Arizona 7.

QUALCOMM STADIUM (08/30/2014) Sophomore running back Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns as the San Diego State Aztecs (1-0) rolled pass Northern Arizona (0-1) in the season opener.

Senior quarterback Quinn Kaehler completed 18 of 29 passes for 205 yards and a touchdown, helping the Aztecs get off to a 24-0 halftime lead.

Northern Arizona finally got on the board in the third quarter after a one-yard touchdown run by Casey Jahn. The Lumberjacks would regain possession, but their momentum would be destroyed after linebacker Calvin Munson picked off Kyren Poe's pass and returned it 64 yards to the NAU 1, leading to a one-yard touchdown run by Pumphrey on the very next play.

Sophomore Lloyd Mills put the nail in the coffin with a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown, his first score as an Aztec.

Rebirth of the Kicking Game

In the second quarter, junior kicker Donald Hageman, a transfer out of Mt. San Antonio College, nailed a 48-yard field goal. It was the Aztecs' first successful try since September 28, 2013.

"Yeah, I was definitely aware of [SDSU's kicking struggles]," said Hageman. "Going out to kick, I wasn't nervous at all. I went out and took my approach like always."

Hageman finished 1 for 2 and made all five of his PATs.

Layin' the Wood

Sophomore Brandon Porter made his presence felt with three monster hits to Lumberjack ball carriers, two on special teams and one on defense.

Timpview (Provo, UT) 42, #1 Mission Hills 28.

CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC (08/29/2014) The Mission Hills Grizzlies (0-1) kicked off the Brothers in Arms Classic with a matchup against the defending state champions of Utah. The defending CIF San Diego Open Division champions hung on for as long as they could, tying the game at 28-28 in the third quarter. But the Thunder Birds proved to be too much after pulling away with a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter.

#6 Helix 24, St Bonaventure (Ventura, CA ) 20.

CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC (08/29/2014) Down 20-17 with 1:59 remaining, junior Curtis Holmes scored on a two-yard touchdown run to give Helix a 24-20 lead. On the ensuing drive, the Highlander defense forced a turnover on down to clinch the season-opening win over the 10th ranked team in the state.
Imperial High alum Royce Freeman shines in college debut
EUGENE, OR (08/30/2014) In front of 57,388 fans in Autzen Stadium, 2013 Silver Pigskin winner Royce Freeman rushed for 75 yards and two touchdown to help his Oregon Ducks open the season with a 62-13 win over South Dakota.

Freeman became the CIF San Diego Section's all-time leader in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, and points scored, while leading Imperial to an 11-1 record last season.

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