by STEVEN FOWLER
The Pima Community College football team (5-2, 4-2 in ACCAC) snapped a two-game losing streak on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Scottsdale Community College.
Sophomores Wesley Payne and Donovan Moore made a difference on the ground as they each scored two rushing touchdowns in Pima’s 45-17 win on Saturday.
Moore scored two quarterback keeper touchdowns to help set the tone in the first half. Freshman Paul Davis had a 10-yard interception return to put the Aztecs up 14-0. Moore would score another rushing touchdown in the second quarter, putting Pima up 21-14 at halftime.
Payne scored on a 6-yard touchdown to make it 28-14. Scottsdale kicked a field goal on their next possession, but the Aztecs scored 17 unanswered points. Sophomore Eric Dedrick connected with quarterback and fellow sophomore, Kian Homme on a 17-yard touchdown pass to make it 35-17. Payne scored his second rushing touchdown with 1:46 left in the third quarter from two-yards out to make it 42-17
Slot receiver Moore was named Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 122 yards on 16 carries with two rushing touchdowns. Moore who also served as the quarterback, went 8-15 with 108 passing yards.
Linebacker Payne was named Defensive Player of the Week after having 16 tackles (eight solo) and one tackle-for-loss.
Pima was unable to get its offense rolling against Arizona Western College at Kino North Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 3, resulting in an Aztec loss 20-10.
Down 7-0 entering the second quarter, the Aztecs scored on the first drive when freshman Nathan Farmer kicked a 21-yard field goal to cut the deficit. Later, the Aztecs capitalized on three Arizona Western penalties as they scored on a nine-play drive. With 2:08 remaining in the half, Sirgeo Hoffman ran into the end zone for Pima’s lone touchdown of the game.
On its first possession of the third quarter, the Aztecs had a punt miscue leading Arizona Western to score a touchdown two plays later to take a 17-10 lead.
The Aztecs had two drives that began deep in Arizona Western territory but were unable to take advantage in the possession. They recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff which put them on the Arizona Western 25-yard line; Homme threw an interception in the end zone.
After Darrell Clark had a 20-plus yard drive. Homme threw his second interception of the game.
With the loss, Pima dropped to 4-2 and is tied with Arizona Western in the conference standings.