Holbrook football advances into 2A state quarterfinals
The fifth-seeded Holbrook Roadrunners racked up 578 yards of offense in the opening round of the Arizona Conference 2A playoffs.
That productivity led to a 42-18 win over Phoenix Veritas Prep.
“We were up by as much as 30-0,” Holbrook coach Shawn Holley said. “But they kind of beat us in the third quarter with their passing game, so we kind of came out flat.
“I think the guys thought that we had it in the bag already and we tried to coast from there,” he added. “We can’t be doing that going forward. There is a bunch of teams that are just as talented as we are, so we got to finish.”
Of the 578 yards of offense, senior quarterback Marcus Oberriter accounted for 351 of those yardage.
Oberriter completed 21 of 33 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 74 yards on the ground on 13 carries.
“He played a great game,” Holley said of his QB. “He’s a real competitive guy, and he’s a really fiery guy. He wants this state championship for him and his team.”
The Roadrunners also got some big gains from senior Daniel Montijo who carried the ball 21 times for 192 yards and two TDs.
Holley said Veritas Prep had a tough time stopping Montijo.
“He’s a tough kid and he rarely goes down on first contact,” Holley said. “He’s a tough runner and he’s another one that really wants this.”
Holbrook travels to the Wilcox on Friday with the winner advancing into next week’s semis.
The No. 4 Cowboys have rushed for 3,141 yards with senior Cristian Pando leading the way with 1,504 yards on 169 carries. Senior Ayden Fuentes is not too far behind as he has racked up 1,348 yards on 122 carries.
“Wilcox is a very physical team,” Holley said. “They got two big running backs. Those guys are tough, and they’re physical. They fire out low and they come out and hit you in the teeth, so we got to be prepared for that.
“You know, it’s not gonna be easy, but with the talent that we have I feel like we can compete with those guys,” he added.