Beau Griego and Ian Campos each rushed for over 100 yards and a combined four touchdowns last Friday, leading Florence to its first football victory of the season, a 42-26 Division IV decision at Globe over the winless Tigers.
Florence improved to 1-2, while Globe is 0-3.
“It was great,” Gophers coach Steve McKane said. “The kids have been working hard, they want to compete, they want to win. It shows that they’re going to reap the fruits of their labor.”
Griego rushed for 124 yards on seven attempts and three touchdowns. Campos carried the ball 12 times for 158 yards and one TD.
“They both had great games and when that happens, you have to give credit to your offensive line,” McKane said. “The offensive line did an awesome job.”
Quarterback Bobby Herrera completed 9 of 14 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns, both to wide receiver Matt Ramirez.
Ramirez caught five passes for 152 yards and kicker Pierre Weir booted a 32-yard field goal.
“Matt was the go-to guy,” McKane said. “Bobby did a good job of getting him the ball.”
Defensively, Zaire London had eight solo tackles and assisted on four more, and Johnny Johnson had five solo and seven assisted tackles. William Garcia finished with four solo and five assisted tackles, and Griego had four solo and four assisted stops. Vidal Flores added four solo tackles.
“The defense played really well,” McKane said. “Globe only scored seven points in the first half and I was proud of how the defense played.”
Friday, the Gophers travel to Chino Valley (elevation 4,750 feet) to face the 1-2 Cougars. After an opening season win over Camp Verde, Chino Valley has lost to Wickenburg (28-7) and Williams (13-6).
“I don’t know how you prepare for the altitude, other than being in it and being in shape,” McKane said. “That’s one of the things we have to do as a team anyway, we have to be in great condition because we have so many players going both ways.”
Game time is 7 p.m.