Sunrise Mountain survives Mesquite’s huge second half comeback at home

The first half and second half in Peoria Sunrise Mountain’s 46-40 home victory Friday over defending 4A conference state champion Gilbert Mesquite (1-1) seemed like two separate games.

It was all Sunrise Mountain (2-0) in the first until the Mustangs woke up a sleeping giant in Mesquite’s quarterback Ty Thompson at halftime, who totaled five touchdowns (four TD passes, one rushing) in the game.

The Oregon-committed QB threw three of his TDs in the second half and connected with senior wide receiver Eric Lira for three throughout the contest. 

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“We gave them the ball too many times,” Sunrise Mountain head coach Steve Decker said. “A couple fumbles, picks and you can’t give a great quarterback and a great football team that many opportunities or they’re gonna take advantage like they did.”

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Texas A&M survives potential upset in opener, but needs quick improvements with grueling upcoming schedule

COLLEGE STATION –Ainias Smith provided an early spark for Texas A&M. Isaiah Spiller and the defense generated the second-half energy that the No. 10 Aggies desperately needed to escape its season opener with a 17-12 win over Vanderbilt.

“A victory is a victory,” A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said, “but all three phases [of the game] didn’t play how I thought we could or how we can.”

In a day filled with upsets and near-upsets from Norman to Baton Rouge, A&M survived despite three lost fumbles – two by senior quarterback Kellen Mond – and also misfired on a fourth-down handoff in the fourth quarter that kept giving the Commodores life.

“We got to protect the football,” Fisher said. “It’s ridiculous.”

Mond finished with 17 of 28 for 189 yards and one touchdown working with a group of young receivers.

“He can play much better,” Fisher said, noting that the four-year

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