#6 Pima Upends #2 Dixie State
(release courtesy of Dixie State's web site)
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Quinton Bellamy rushed for
123 yards and two touchdowns and Brian Hernandez scored a pair of
touchdowns as No. 6 Pima Community College beat No. 2 Dixie State
27-7 Saturday night.
Both teams came into the game 3-0 in the Western States Football
League and 5-0 overall. Obviously the Storm kept its winning streak
intact while the Rebels lost their first of the season.
Pima got going midway through the first quarter when Hernandez
broke two tackles and returned a Kip Facer punt 80 yards for a touchdown.
The Storm scored twice more in the second period to build a 21-0
halftime lead. Bellamy scored on a three-yard run and Hernandez
scored on a five-yard pass from Royal Gill with 12 seconds left
before intermission. Colim Runkle kicked all three extra points.
Dixie State didn't cross midfield until the third quarter. And
even that proved fruitless as Alphonso Anthony fumbled the ball
after a big gainer. The Rebels avoided their first shutout in several
years when JT Diederichs scored on a five-yard run late in the fourth
quarter. Cody Wardle set that up with a 39-yard reception of a Danny
"I give it to them; they were a good team," Diederichs
said. "We've got to get better. We'll come back."
Pima rushed for 235 yards and passed for another 148 for a total
of 383 yards. Dixie State managed 94 yards rushing and 198 passing
as Southwick went 14-for-24 but suffered two interceptions. The
last interception came after Dave Ashworth caught a 50-yard pass.
"You've got to give Pima credit. They were ready to go,"
said Dixie State coach Greg Croshaw. "We most certainly left
a lot to be desired. We played hard but it just wasn't our day today."
Pima came into the game having allowed just 51 points while Dixie
gave up 51 to Arizona Western in last week's wild 68-51 Rebel victory.
And the Storm was every bit as tough as those numbers would indicate.
Even though the Rebels had some success passing, they rarely got
any yardage after a pass reception.
Pima, which joined the WSFL four years ago, was the last team in
the league to record a victory over Dixie State.
Pima coach Jeff Scurran, who has announced his retirement at the
end of the year, changed the site of the game to Sabino High School
earlier this week. Scurran won five state championships at Sabino.
Last year, when the Rebels came up with a 27-23 win, the game was
played at Santa Rita High School.