Scottsdale Christian Christian Pahnke on his performance of 244-rushing yards and two TDS in 27-8 win over Bourgade Catholic.
Scottsdale Christian survived an upset bid from Phoenix Bourgade Catholic in a 2A Metro Conference game, and stayed undefeated after its 27-8 win Friday night at Bourgade.
Scottsdale Christian (7-0, 2-0 in conference) has a high-powered offense with good balance, but the passing game never really got going. The run game, however, was the difference-maker on offense, with Christian Pahnke running for 244 yards on 30 carries.
Pahnke also scored two touchdowns, one in each half.
Scottsdale Christian has not allowed more than 14 points in a game all season, and has given up a combined 35 points in seven games.
Both teams played well defensively, forcing several turnovers and turnovers on downs. Junior Justin Scholtes took a tipped pass for an interception 84 yards the other way for a Scottsdale Christian touchdown in the fourth quarter, sealing his team’s victory.
Bourgade dropped to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in conference with its fourth straight loss.
Pahnke had runs of 33 (touchdown), 31, 26 and 24 yards on his big night. He started at running back with his twin brother Shayne out with a high ankle sprain. Shayne Pahnke entered as the leading rusher in the conference.
Scottsdale Christian WR Jacob Kaites caught six passes for 59 yards and a touchdown, and has eight TDs this season.
Scottsdale Christian defensive linemen Jesse Moffett and Will Chambers led the charge, Moffett with a sack to force a turnover on downs and Chambers with an interception.
Bourgade’s Justin Gomez intercepted two passes.
Scottsdale Christian quarterback Grant Schreyer had 1,185 passing yards before Friday. He finished with only 66 and a touchdown and two interceptions on Friday night, and didn’t complete a pass in the second half. But Schreyer was effective on the ground with 47 yards.
Quotes of the game
Bourgade coach Marcel Lopez: “Injuries caught up with us in the second half. But that team’s a good football team. When you make mistakes they’re going to capitalize. I thought our guys fought hard. We’ll get better because of this game.”
Scottsdale Christian coach Chuck Gibbs: “Coach (Lopez) is doing a great job over there. He’s got kids that are buying in and they’re getting better every week.”
“We’re 7-0 for the first time in our school’s history, since we’ve been 11-man football. And now they have to come out and get behind 6-0, first time they’ve been behind all year, and they’ve got to fight back.”
On his defense: “We tried to change some different stuff up, and looking down the road, what are going to be some defense fronts we’re going to run, blitzes, coverages. It’s on me. I stayed in a defense we wanted to run to get it on film … as opposed to having the best defensive game plan for Bourgade. My hat’s off to them.”
Stat of the game
Both teams combined for five interceptions an five turnovers on downs
Scottsdale Christian plays at Phoenix Arizona Lutheran next Friday. Bourgade is at Gilbert Christian.