Three long touchdown runs and a shutout pitched by the defense powered Legacy to a 27-6 win over Mojave Thursday night.
The biggest play came with under five minutes remaining. Mojave had driven the ball into the red zone, looking to cut into a 21-6 deficit. Junior Ty Flanigan looked destined to score, as he leaped over the goal line, but the ball came loose. Legacy recovered.
DeMichael Walker had an interception late in the second quarter, while Damian Robinson-Stallings added a pick off a deflection in the fourth. Both Legacy defensive plays killed Mojave drives.
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“Our defense stepped up and made some big plays for us, which helped us stay in the game,” Legacy head coach David Snyder said.
Mojave’s lone touchdown came on an 89-yd fumble recovery by sophomore Elijah Smoot in the second quarter.
Legacy’s Casey Hughes started the scoring with a 78-yd touchdown run late in the first quarter. The senior running back added a 65-yd score early in the third. Fellow running back Walker ran it in from 68 yards in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
“As long as they (the offensive line) block good, we’re going to make sure we get down the field,” Hughes said.
The strong running game helped set up a passing score in the third, as senior quarterback Devin Williams hit junior tight end Erin Spaight off a play-action bootleg for a 15-yd touchdown.
Legacy improves to 2-1 and will travel to Arbor View for another Thursday night game next week. Mojave falls to 2-2 and will host Faith Lutheran next Friday.
STORY AND VIDEO BY BARRY WONG