Scottsdale Surprises #4 Pima
(courtesy of Jim McCurdy)

Dexter Hill is making a statement. Scottsdale Community College is making an even bigger one.

Hill passed for over 300 yards for the second straight week as Scottsdale knocked off No. 4 Pima Community College 30-27 Saturday night. Scottsdale's Brandon Robertson picked off a pass with 13 seconds to play as Pima (6-1, 4-1 Western States Football League) moved within striking distance.

"Whenever a big play needs to be made, they're there," SCC receiver Ryan Patterson said of the defense. "They're savages out there."

Scottsdale (6-1, 4-1) said a week earlier it could play with the best teams in the nation. Saturday, the Artichokes proved it. Deshawn Milliken scored on a 24-yard run through the heart of Pima's
defense with 4:10 left in the third quarter. Pima answered when Royal Gill scored on a 1-yard sneak 12 seconds into the fourth.

But after Hill converted a third-and-9 with a 22-yard pass to Vernon Massey, and Darius Cade bounced off tackle for a 16-yard run, SCC's Nick Santa Cruz booted a 23-yard field goal for a 10-point SCC lead.

Gill hit Brian Hernandez on a 32-yard touchdown pass with 7:18 to cut it to 30-27. But the Thunder missed a 35-yard field goal and SCC's defense held twice in crunch time.

Hill passed for 306 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score. Patterson caught nine passes for 188 yards and a touchdown.

"I'm just holding the blue vase," Patterson said. "What a great win. This sets us up big."

Gill threw for 206 yards and two scores. Hernandez caught eight passes for 91 yards and a TD.

"We beat a great football team," SCC coach Ken Giovando said. "You just keep swinging and punching."


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