Hammer, bell, bowl, bulls, roses and more. Ray Brewer and Case Keefer discus the numerous rivalry games taking place across the valley in this week's slate of high school football games.
Palo Verde showed no mercy in piling on the points against Cimarron-Memorial Friday night.
The Panthers struck early and often, letting their running game overwhelm the Spartans in an important 41-6 victory.
“It was an old-school Palo Verde win,” coach Joe Aznarez said.
By that, he means the Panthers followed a workhorse running back and an ingenious game plan by defensive coordinator Charlie Jarvis. Senior Chamere Thomas fulfilled the former role, as he has all season.
Thomas scored two touchdowns and went for well more than 100 yards. Ryan McCormick also scored two touchdowns.
Palo Verde even showed some balance, with senior quarterback Nick Zuppas crossing the century mark in passing, including a touchdown strike to senior tight end Daniel Bellinger.
The victory keeps Palo Verde’s playoff hopes alive and sets up a massive showdown with Shadow Ridge next week.
“We knew if we won this, we controlled our own destiny,” Aznarez said. “We’re focused on winning out.”