Arcadia suffers tough loss to Sunrise Mountain in week 2

Dylan Turelli (submitted photo)

Dylan Turelli (Photo by Jennifer Turelli)

The Arcadia High School football team had more than it could handle last Friday, Sept. 4, as Sunrise Mountain High School (2-0) handed the Titans (1-1) a 57-7 loss.

Arcadia head football coach Lenny Abt says the Titans will use the loss as a learning experience.

“It was really early in the season, obviously, only our second game,” he said in a Sept. 9 phone interview. “We want to use that as a learning tool and build from it. In every phase of the game, we have areas to improve. We watched film on Saturday and broke it down and saw our mistakes. Moving forward, we want to learn from those (mistakes) and get better and obviously not let that happen again.”

The Mustangs of Sunrise Mountain had many offensive contributors in the win, none more influential than junior quarterback Chase Cord, who threw for five touchdowns and ran for two, according to MaxPreps.com.

“We knew going in (Cord) was very talented and he proved us right,” Coach Abt said. “He’s a really good player. We wanted to make him uncomfortable and we didn’t do that enough during the game so he took advantage of his skill and being comfortable in the pocket and running the ball as well.”

On scoring plays alone, Cord threw for 200 yards and ran for 55 yards.

The Mustangs began the game with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Cord to senior wide receiver Nathan Florez. With an early 6-0 lead (failed two-point conversion), the Mustangs picked off Arcadia sophomore quarterback Luke Ashworth then put up another touchdown to take a 12-0 lead (failed two-point conversion).

Coach Abt says Ashworth is still growing into his starting spot and last Friday was yet another chance to learn.

Luke Ashworth (Photo by Jennifer Turelli)

Luke Ashworth (Photo by Jennifer Turelli)

“I think every game is going to bring different experiences for (Ashworth),” Coach Abt said. “It was only his tenth or eleventh game actually playing high school football. Just like the whole team, he’s going to learn from every experience, positive or negative, and try to go better as individuals and ultimately, as a team.”

Coach Abt says Ashworth is already learning from his mistakes and adjusting on-the-fly.

“I think (Ashworth) took it to heart, being a leader on the field,” Coach Abt said. “He came out, so far, working hard and learning from his mistakes and fixing stuff.”

The Titans lone touchdown came on a 10-yard pass from Ashworth to junior tight end Aaron Formanek.

Arcadia trailed 42-7 at halftime and eventually fell by a final of 57-7.

“They’re obviously a really talented team and they’re very well-coached, but the game should’ve been a lot closer than it was,” Arcadia senior linebacker Dylan Turelli said. “(Sunrise Mountain) would just capitalize on one little mistake and it would just be six points. Obviously, they have talent—their quarterback is one of the best we’re going to face…but it shouldn’t have been like that, because we’re also a good team, too.”

Turelli says the Titans will not dwell on the loss to Sunrise Mountain.

“We’ve been moving on this week by having two good days of practice so far,” Turelli said. “We need to know that was only one game and we have eight more games to play and we can’t let that one loss effect the whole rest of our season.”

Next, the Titans will take on Marana High School (1-1) on Sept. 11.

Scottsdale Independent Sports Correspondent Justin Maskulinski can be contacted at jmaskulinski@newszap.com. Follow him on twitter at twitter.com/Maskulinski.

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