#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 Southwick pass.

"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.

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