Desert Edge senior running back Elijah Bogensperger talks about the Scorpions’ win over Agua Fria.
The only way Goodyear Desert Edge was going to be stopped on this night was if they stopped themselves. That didn’t happen often as Desert Edge ran over Avondale Agua Fria before a packed homecoming stadium in a 42-16 victory.
The rushing of seniors Rocky Perez and Elijah Bogensperger spearheaded the Desert Edge attack as Scorpions scored touchdowns on six of their first seven possessions to build an insurmountable 42-0 lead midway through the third quarter. Perez and Bogensperger combined for 230 yards and three touchdowns during that stretch, often hitting the second or third levels of the defense without being touched.
“Our offensive line…you ask me or anyone on the team, they’re the best in the state,” said Bogensperger.
Desert Edge (3-2) relied almost completely on its line and its powerful running game as it built its lead and threw the ball only twice in its six touchdown drives while running the ball 39 times for an astounding 372 yards.
It wasn’t as though Agua Fria (1-6) had no chances in the early going. Just before halftime and with the game still competitive, Agua Fria’s Marcos Bonilla caught a tipped Desert Edge pass and returned the interception into Desert Edge’s side of the field. But Desert Edge’s defense came up big, forcing a turnover on downs.
Agua Fria also drove the ball into Desert Edge territory twice in the first half, but Agua Fria could never come up with a big play and came away empty on each drive after a missed field goal and a turnover on downs.
Desert Edge’s offensive line paved the way for a trio of running backs to score five touchdowns and average nearly 10 yards per carry as Desert Edge put away the game by the middle of the third quarter.
Senior Desert Edge running back Elijah Bogensperger racked up ninety yards and two touchdowns on nine carries before exiting the game in the third quarter.
Junior Kody Ball added two first half touchdowns for Desert Edge.
Senior Desert Edge running back Rocky Perez rumbled for 140 yards and a touchdown on only 11 carries and finished his night at halftime.
Quote of the game
“[The game] sets the tempo for the rest of the region teams you’ve gotta play. It kind of lets them know where you are at,” said Bogensperger on the importance of the win. “It’s kind of a crosstown rivalry. It’s a great start to our region play.”