NDP football trounces Desert Edge

Saints scored 35 first-half points en route to 49-7 triumph


Final score from Bemis Field (Natalie Zarasian/The Seraphim)

By Natalie Zarasian, Staff Writer

    Boosted by a 21-point first quarter, the Notre Dame Preparatory football team dominated Desert Edge, 49-7, before more than 1,000 fans in the first round of the 5A state playoffs on Nov. 3 at Bemis Field.
    It was NDP’s first playoff game in five years.
    When asked about prepping the team for the game, head coach George Prelock stated, “Be in the moment, have fun, appreciate one another and understand we don’t want this to be the last game.”
   Senior Kylan Weisser threw four touchdown passes: a pair to senior Harrison Copoloff, an 81-yarder that junior Jake Smith caught off a deflection, and a second-half completion to senior Blake Storey.  Senior Cole Fisher led the running game with 99 yards and two early TD’s.
     Keying on Scorpions’ star running back Rocky Perez, the defense nearly shut out Desert Edge (7-4), and added to the scoring with a fumble recovery and return for a touchdown by senior Joseph de la Vara. It was the second meeting this season between the two teams.  Desert Edge rallied to force overtime in the first matchup as the Saints escaped with a 27-21 victory.
     Advancing in the playoffs under first-year head coach Prelock, the undefeated Saints, 11-0, play host to Queen Creek  (10-1) at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10 at Bemis Field.