That the new era for University High football under coach Bill Diedrick began with a win was no surprise. The ease and margin of victory was.
Running a new offense with precision, quarterback Tony Tabish passed the Titans to a rousing 52-7 victory over Shadle Park Friday evening in the season opener for both at Albi Stadium.
The teams jockeyed early, offenses ahead of defenses, and the score was 7-7 early into the second quarter. But Tabish’s quick-strike ability and an offensive line that improved as the game went on asserted its will.
Starting under center, Tabish passed for 231 yards and four touchdowns beginning with a 79-yard catch and run by All-GSL receiver Aaron Blaska. Blaska had 116 yards in receptions and two scores.
Tabish set up the tie-breaking score with a 56-yarder to Jacob Fry.
Such passing efficiency against a veteran secondary made it easier for the line to dominate and I-back John Wright to rush for 117 yards and two TDs.
Shadle fumbled twice in its end of the field leading to two more scores as the U-Hi defense settled in.
Gonzaga Prep 49, East Valley 3: Bishop Sankey ran for 212 yards on 13 carries, scoring twice, and Jack Bishop scored on a long run and reception as the Bullpups opened the season with an easy win over the Knights at home. In his debut as starter, quarterback Shane Schmidlkofer completed both passes he threw, including the 65-yarder to Wilson.
Central Valley 28, Rogers 7: The Bears rushed for 303 yards, 237 of those by Taylor Evans, who scored all four touchdowns in a victory at CV. Evans carried 34 times and scored in each quarter as the Bears came back from an early 7-0 deficit.
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