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Led by junior Tyler Kelly’s four touchdowns, Mingus Union High School easily took down Flagstaff High School, 49-14, in the Walkup Skydome on the campus of Northern Arizona University Friday, Oct. 14.Michael Rinker/Larson Newspapers

The win improved the Marauders’ record to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in the Grand Canyon Region, where the trail only Bradshaw Mountain High School, which is 4-0.

Jerry Rhoades has coached the Camp Verde High School varsity football team for five games. Which means the “interim” coach has been head man on the sideline more than the man he’s standing in for, Steve Darby, who was suspended Sept. 13 for unspecified reasons. Neither Darby nor Camp Verde Unified School District officials have commented on the situation.Zack Garcia/Larson Newspapers

Rhoades, like most, says he’s not privy to what’s going on. “I heard from a couple of people that [Darby’s] portion of the [school] board meeting was canceled.”

When it was suggested that with just two games remaining, it’s likely he would be coaching through the end of the season, Rhoades said, “That’s kind of what I’m thinking; it’s probably a moot point.”

The Camp Verde High School football team won its first game this season on the filed thanks to “perfect storm” of offensive and defensive execution, according to coach Jerry Rhoades.n unidentified Camp Verde player carries the ball during the game, which the Cowboys won, 39-0, on Friday, Oct. 7.

The win boosts Camp Verde’s record to 2-5. The other win was a forfeit when Arete Prep Academy was unable to field a team.

“It was just one of those nights... a perfect storm,” he said about the Cowboys’ 39-0 victory of visiting Mohave Accelerated.

Senior running backs Juan Ruiz and Jason Groth combined for nearly 300 yards on the ground to power Mingus Union High School to a 48-12 win over visiting Prescott on Friday, Oct. 7.Tyler Kelly carries the ball during Mingus Union High School’s 48-12 win over visiting Prescott High School Friday, Oct. 7. The junior ran for 36 yards on three carries, and had an interception and a quarterback sack.

The victory improves the Mauraders’ record to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the Grand Canyon Region, second to Bradshaw Mountain High School at 3-0.

Mingus was impressive in a bounce-back game after losing to the Bears the previous week.

It’s disconcerting for a sportswriter when he calls a football coach to talk about the game his team played the night before and he says, “I’ll tell you what, I don’t even know [the score] .... The last I saw, it was 48-6.”Camp Verde High School junior quarterback Payton Sarkesian runs the ball up the gut in a game earlier this season. The Cowboys lost 54-6 to Paradise Honors High School Saturday, Oct. 1, in Surprise.

But, Camp Verde High School coach Jerry Rhoades was simply reflecting the odd circumstances surrounding the Cowboys’ loss to Paradise Honors High School Saturday, Oct. 1, in Surprise. For the record, the score posted on is 54-6.

A tight, hard-hitting game between long-time rivals followed script for a half before Bradshaw Mountain High School asserted itself in the third quarter and put away Mingus Union High School, winning 27-14 and taking over the top spot in Grand Canyon region. Mingus fell to third.Senior running back Jason Groth, shown here in a game earlier this season, led Mingus Union High School in rushing in the Marauders 27-14 loss at Bradshaw Mountain High School Friday, Sept. 30. He also scored a touchdown.

The two teams played a scoreless first quarter, but just barely.

The Bears [4-2, 2-0], starting at their own 20-yard line after MUHS kicker Trey Meyer booted the opening kickoff into the end zone for a touchback, advanced past midfield during an 11-play drive.

Homecoming at Mingus Union High School was more pinball game than football game Friday, Sept. 23.Senior running back Juan Ruiz slices through the Thunderbirds’ defense. Ruiz ran for two long touchdowns within a minute and a half.

Jason Groth, Juan Ruiz and Alejandro Stabreff repeatedly bounced off Mohave High School tacklers to light up the Bright Field scoreboard, 42-10, and make the Marauders the 4A Conference’s first 2-0 team in the Grand Canyon Region.

“Typical Mingus running backs,” said head coach Bob Young, who has won his third straight after losing his first two games to open the season. “We’ve always liked to have guys that are strong, work hard in the weight room, run hard down the field and they’re fast.”

Two young local cross-country teams, including host Camp Verde High School, will face their toughest course of the fall season Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Camp Verde Invitational.

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