Local Rundown: Pacheco scores 3 TDs, Loveall throws for four as Bagdad routs Valley Union
CHANDLER – Connor Pacheco ran for 114 yards and three touchdowns, quarterback Israel Loveall threw for four touchdowns and the Bagdad football team opened the season with a 72-8 win over Valley Union on Friday night.
“We wanted to come out and set the tone for this season,” Bagdad head coach Dalton Mills said. “And we accomplished that.”
Loveall completed 7 of 10 passes for 187 yards, hooking up with his brother Benjamin Loveall four times for 135 yards and a score. Devin Nelson added four catches for 135 yards and a touchdown.
Bagdad (1-0, 0-0 1A West) will play at the NAU Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff against Valley Lutheran in Week 2 on Friday, Aug. 26. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.
Young’s 2 TDs leads Wildcats to season opening win over Greyhills
TUBA CITY – Gabe Young scored two touchdowns on 74 yards rushing, quarterback Dylan Wilhide threw for another score and the Mayer football team kicked off the 2016 season with a 66-22 victory over Greyhills Academy on Friday night.
Wilhide was 7 of 9 for 207 yards, hooking up with tight end Peyton Statler for a touchdown in a second quarter that saw the Wildcats score 22 points.
“We saw a few first-game mistakes, but it’s nothing that experience won’t get fixed,” first-year Mayer head coach Mike Gutierrez said. “They looked promising.”
Defensively, linebacker Caleb Wallace led the Wildcats with 15 tackles and two fumble recoveries, while Dacodah Jensen had nine tackles.
Mayer (1-0, 0-0 1A West) will face El Capitan in Week 2 at Greyhills on Friday, Aug. 26, with a start time of 2 p.m.
Embry-Riddle loses home opener to the College of Idaho
PRESCOTT – Carter Perry’s goal in the 57th minute off a cross by Joseph Lopeyok was all the College of Idaho needed to earn a 1-0 win, handing the Embry-Riddle men’s soccer team a loss at home to open the 2016 campaign Thursday afternoon.
Offensively, Embry-Riddle took 12 shots, five of which were on goal, but the Yotes were a step ahead, taking 15 shots, nine landing on goal in the win.
Eagle’s goalkeeper Jake Hutto had eight saves between the posts in 90 minutes of play.
Embry-Riddle (0-1, 0-0 Cal-Pac) is scheduled to host Corban University (Ore.) at home today with an official start time of 11 a.m.
After Corban, the Eagles hit the road for a seven-match road swing beginning Thursday, Aug. 25, with San Diego Christian.
Embry-Riddle returns home Thursday, Oct. 1, to host Simpson University in its Cal-Pac home opener at 4:30 p.m.
Yoder leads Eagles to first win of season over Loyola
DENVER – In the first day of the Johnson & Wales Wildcat Classic, the Embry-Riddle volleyball team split a doubleheader with a 3-0 sweep over Loyola-New Orleans and a 3-1 loss to the University of Montana-Western on Friday.
In the morning match, Jalin Yoder had 12 kills and 11 digs, Hannah Mercurio tallied 30 assists and the Eagles opened the tournament with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-11) win over Loyola.
Embry-Riddle’s .276 hitting percentage gave them the advantage over Loyola, which committed 20 attack errors in their first loss of the season.
Yoder added 11 digs and four ace-serves to her kill total, while Leah De Laurell had six kills and one block assist.
In match two, Yoder tallied 24 kills and 15 digs, but Embry-Riddle recorded a hitting percentage of just .170 with 32 attack errors in a 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 29-27, 25-22) loss to Montana-Western.
Megan Riley led the Eagles with 25 digs, while Katie Powell had two block assists to go along with her one kill. Mercurio added 53 assists and seven digs in the loss.
Embry-Riddle (1-1, 0-0 Cal-Pac) will face Johnson & Wales University today at noon, then play John Brown University at 4 p.m. to wrap up the four-match tournament.