Lohman Runs for 265 Yards in AJHS’s 4th Football Win
Apache Junction, led by running back William Lohman, won its second consecutive 4A Black Canyon Region football contest on Oct. 5, outlasting Dysart 55-34 at El Mirage.
Lohman ran for 265 yards and scored five touchdowns – four rushing and one on a pass from Gibson Limongello.
The win put the Prospectors into a three-way tie for first place in the region with Glendale (7-0, 2-0) and San Tan Valley Combs (3-4, 2-0). Apache Junction is ranked No. 28 in the 4A power poll.
Dysart (0-7) scored first, and the Prospectors (4-3) responded with 29 unanswered points before the Demons put up 20 points in the second quarter.
“It was very similar to what happened last week against Washington,” Prospectors Coach Vance Miller said. “In the second quarter, it came down to a lack of focus, and at halftime, we had to readjust the attitude and focus again.
“Then we came back in the second half.”
Also scoring touchdowns for AJHS was Manny Acosta (on a pick-6), Ethan Labrue and Cameron Garcia. Limongello also ran in a 2-point conversion. Miller pointed out that it could have been more – a 99-yard touchdown return on an interception by Talon Izbicki was called back on an illegal block penalty; so was a punt return for an apparent touchdown Acosta.
“We should have scored more than we did. We have plenty of things to clean up this week,” Miller said. “Right now, our football IQ is not what it should be, especially when we’re picking up penalties 20 to 30 yards away from the play.”
Miller called Dysart “the best 0-7 team we’ve seen in a while,” adding, “They scouted us well, we just executed more. They’ve lost a lot of close games, but they just keep going, and even in the end, they were playing for pride points.
“Dysart played a solid game against us; we’re just happy to get the win.”
Apache Junction’s junior varsity routed El Mirage Dysart 55-29 on Oct. 4 at Davis Field. The JV Prospectors (2-1-1) benefitted from big plays on offense from Jordan Digos, Doug Reh and Aydin Franco.
JV Coach Alex Murphy said it was the JV’s first game in three weeks, due to opponents’ cancellations. “We just try to get them as many reps as possible.”