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yards and nine touch­downs on the sea­son, had to be helped off the field and did not re­turn.

In his place stepped backup quar­ter­back Ma­son Duros, who went on to com­plete just 3 of 13 at­tempts for 23 yards — with four in­ter­cep­tions, in­clud­ing two by YC’s Ran­dal Voutt that were re­turned for touch­downs.

Ar­bizo, by com­par­i­son, at­tempted just 31 passes all sea­son — show­ing just how much Saf­ford’s of­fen­sive strat­egy changed fol­low­ing his in­jury.

“It hurt them a lot,” Stall­worth ac­knowl­edged. “They just wanted to run the foot­ball, so it def­i­nitely af­fected them quite a bit, which al­lowed us to pin our ears back and do some other stuff.”

“It def­i­nitely was a tough loss for them, a bad in­jury,” Hen­der­son added. “But I think it re­ally helped us in our head and on the field.”

Saf­ford still man­aged 299 yards of rush­ing of­fense, thanks in large part to Scrivner (27 car., 177 yards). But it hardly mat­tered con­sid­er­ing what YC’s of­fense did.

Reese was ac­tu­ally also in­ter­cepted on his sec­ond pass of the night, and com­pleted just one of his first seven at­tempts, but couldn’t be stopped af­ter that.

“I had to get them out of the way,” Reese joked of the in­ter­cep­tions. “No, but I was just not 100 per­cent fo­cused, throw­ing off my back foot, not get­ting my drop, do­ing what the coaches told me not to do.”

“If any­one can bounce back from that, it’s him,” Hen­der­son said. “And he did great.”

Reese hit sopho­more Jonah Leon for a 31-yard score early in the sec­ond quar­ter, Hen­der­son for scores of 28 and 70 yards in the third quar­ter and 58 yards in the fourth, and se­nior Isaac Tor­res for a 32-yard score early in the fourth.

“It’s the first time (reach­ing the semis) for any­one on this team,” Reese said. “The coaches ob­vi­ously ex­pe­ri­ence with that, but for the play­ers.

“But it’s not over. You can’t re­ally dwell on that too much.”

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YUMA CATHOLIC SE­NIOR linebacker Audie Ething­ton tack­les Saf­ford sopho­more run­ning back C.J. Scrivner dur­ing the Sham­rocks’ 65-28 win on Fri­day night at Ricky Gwynn Sta­dium. YC now moves on to the semi­fi­nals next Sat­ur­day in Phoenix against Sabino.

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