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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