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Diamondback’s Lose Football Season Opener

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ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL: Serrano's #24 Xavier Jeter, and #64 Garrett DiGiorgio pressure AVHS's QB #16 Jayden Max Denegal, who went 13/27 for 163 yards and 1 passing TD.

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On March 20, Serrano High School opened their football season against Apple Valley to a 47-7 loss against the Sun Devils.  The Diamondbacks never led, and inevitably mistakes ended up costing them dearly as their passing game never materialized.

The Diamondbacks received the ball first but were unable to do anything with it in their opening drive that ended in a fumble.  With eight minutes to go in the first quarter, AVHS scored a rushing touchdown making the game 7-0. Towards the end of the quarter, with three minutes to go, Serrano’s #5, Jaishawn Wright, found the end zone tying the game 7-7.

In the second quarter, with over two minutes to go, AVHS had a short field and took advantage.  Their quarterback #16, Jayden Max Denegal, kept the ball and ran it in for a touchdown, steamrolling through a defender in the process.  After a successful extra point, the score was 29-7 going into the second half.  The third and fourth quarters were much of the same as the Sun Devils finished the game 47-7.

Afterward, Serrano Head Coach Casey Maholchic said: “You’re not gonna win many football games when you turn over the ball six times.”  The teams leading rusher was J. Wright, who had 16 carries for 70 yards—averaging 4.4 yards a carry.

The following week Serrano played at Burbank High School.  That game was a return to form for the Diamondbacks, who ended up winning 48-12. They next face off against Oak Hills at home on April 3 at 10am.

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