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Palo Verde wins physical game with Canyon Springs


Ralph Freso / Special to the Sun

Palo Verde quarterback Parker Rost and his Panther teammates stretch before the start of their game against Desert Vista during the 2012 AIA Sollenberger Classic football game on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

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Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer talk Liberty's statement victory, Bishop Gorman's error-filled night and Centennial's time to shine against Arbor View. In the middle of the usual discussion, they break into an argument over which player is having the best season so far — D.J. Pumphrey or Niko Kapeli.

The Palo Verde High football team finally won a close game.

The Panthers’ Ryan Beaulieu caught a 96-yard touchdown pass from Parker Rost in the fourth quarter Friday night for the decisive points in a back-and-forth game with visiting Canyon Springs, and the Palo Verde defense held off a late charge for a 24-21 victory.

Palo Verde improves to 2-3 overall, winning a close game for the first time this season. Each of the three defeats have come against top competition.

In two of the three defeats, the Panthers led in the fourth quarter, including last week against Liberty when they surrendered the winning points with three minutes remaining.

“They have a lot of speed over there. Hunkie (Canyon Springs coach, Cooper) does a great job with that program,” Palo Verde coach Darwin Rost said. “That was a real physical game.”

Lee Griggs carried the ball 19 times for 160 yards and a touchdown for Palo Verde, scoring on an 80-yard run. Beaulieu added 68 rushing yards on 11 carries.

Palo Verde opens Northwest League play next week against Shadow Ridge. Canyon Springs, which fell to 2-1, travels to Liberty for a showdown with the two-time defending Sunrise Region champion Patriots.

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  1. Ok so I would rather be wrong about picking Canyon in a close game and be right that Palo belongs in the top ten.

    Sounds like a very close game, Palo's been there, had home field and a chip on their shoulder. Canyon is new to this. Think if they played 10 times they'd split it down the middle. This loss will benefit Canyon in the long run, same with next week against Liberty. These two games will prepare them more for playoffs then almost all of their league games.

    Also who else took the over on Pumphrey getting over 150 yards? 191 total. Nice.

  2. Lee had 161 yards 2 touchdowns and an interception...on 19 carries. Pumphrey had 191 yards on 26 carries. I think it was a standoff. Seven more carries, it would have been equal...or...