By Daniel Dullum
For over three quarters, Apache Junction’s young football squad held its own against Oro Valley Canyon del Oro on Sept. 1 at Davis Field. In the end, the Dorados athleticism, experience, and a couple of fortuitous breaks helped them hold off the Prospectors 27-13.
The game was tied at 13-13 until CDO went ahead to stay on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Zachary Eidenschink to Jose Cruz with 10:48 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Because the extra point attempt failed, the Prospectors trailed 19-13.
Momentum briefly returned to Apache Junction when Nick Selover recovered a Dorado fumble at the CDO 12-yard line. But Ichiro Ramos picked off a fourth down Gibson Limongello pass at the Dorado 5 with 3:50 remaining.
That turnover led to an 11-yard touchdown run by Elijah Carey, who rushed for 123 yards on 17 attempts.
The Dorados didn’t throw much, only nine times. But when they did, it resulted in a couple of big plays for touchdowns. The first one came with 7:21 left in the first quarter, when Cruz beat the Prospectors secondary and hauled in a Eidenschink pass for a 78-yard score.
The Prospectors (0-2) responded at 4:53 of the first quarter when wide receiver Tommy Ryan took a lateral and threw a 31-yard scoring strike to Ethan Zimmerman, tying the game at 7-7.
Apache Junction took its only lead at 13-7 on a 9-yard TD run by William Lohman. With 2:10 remaining in the first half, a 6-yard touchdown run by Eidenschink tied the game at 13-13.
Canyon del Oro (2-0) was whistled 11 times for 105 yards in penalties.
Apache Junction hosts Goodyear Estrella Foothills Friday in a non-region game at Davis Field.
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