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Prospectors Hold Their Own Against Canyon Del Oro

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.

For more information, pick up the Sept. 4 print edition of The News

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