It’s not quite over yet since there is another week to go in District 3-4A, but if anybody argues against Amarillo High standing as the big chief in the district, they’ll have a lot of explaining to do.
The Sandies entered Friday’s game against Canyon at Happy State Bank Field at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium as the unbeaten district leaders for whom a playoff berth seemed like a formality. After thumping the Eagles 44-0 to clinch a playoff berth, Amarillo High showed why it was considered the team to beat in
With next week’s game against Dumas before ending the regular season, Amarillo High (7-2, 4-0 in district) could end up with a blemish on the 3-4A ledger. But what is definitely decided is that the Sandies will be the No. 1 seed out of the district in the Division I bracket of the playoffs.
After last week’s thrilling 35-28 overtime win over previously unbeaten Randall, the Sandies could have been concerned with a hangover. But that was nowhere in evidence against Canyon (7-2, 2-2).
“Our kids worked hard this week and they showed a lot of focus in their preparation,” AHS coach Mel Maxfield said. “Canyon wasn’t 7-1 by accident and I knew we weren’t going to be overlooking them.”
Amarillo High led 21-0 at halftime, but the score wasn’t an accurate indication of how much the Sandies had dominated the game in the first half. They ran twice as many plays as Canyon and allowed only one first down in the first two guarters.
The tone was set on the first play from scrimmage, as Josh Woods burst through a hole on the right side and dashed 68 yards to the Canyon 2-yard line which put him over 1,000 yards for the season. Three plays later, quarterback Gabriel Rodriguez scored on a sneak from a yard out to give the Sandies a 7-0 lead.
The big block on Woods’ run was a down block thrown by tight end Austin Thurman, as Woods dashed by almost untouched until Clay Erwin pulled him down from behind.
“We always know that Josh Woods has the ability to find that hole because such a great runner,” Thurman said. “After we did that (the Eagles) kind of backed off a bit, but they’re still a pretty physical team.”
The Eagles got their only first down of the first half on their first possession and after they punted, the Sandies took only two plays to score, as Drake Reid rumbled 43 yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead.
Amarillo High moved the ball on every first half possession, but it didn’t always translate into points. Mason Edmondson missed a 28-yard field goal late in the first quarter, and on their next two possessions, the Sandies were stopped on downs.
Late in the second quarter, though, Amarillo High went up 21-0 when Woods scored on a 3-yard run. Woods had 140 yards on 12 carries despite not playing the second half Reid had 110 yards.
Meanwhile, it was a long night for the Eagles, who didn’t pick up another first down until midway through the fourth quarter and finished with 69 yards of offense,
“I just didn’t do a good job of getting us ready and that was obvious,” Canyon coach Blake Bryant said. “We’ll regroup with the kids and you’ve got to flush one of these when they happen.”
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Amarillo High 14 7 16 7 — 44
Canyon 0 0 0 0 — 0
AHS—Gabriel Rodriguez 1 run (Mason Edmondson kick)
AHS—Drake Reid 43 run (Edmondson kick)
AHS—Josh Woods 3 run (Edmondson kick)
AHS—Safety, Cade McCallie tackled in end zone
AHS—Ryan Sluder 6 pass from Rodriguez (Edmondson kick)
AHS—Sluder 15 pass from Rodriguez (Edmondson kick)
AHS—Chase Ferrell 21 pass from Issac Garcia (Edmondson kick)
Amarillo High Canyon
First Downs 23 5
Rushing 353 10
Passing 127 59
Total yards 480 69
C-A-I 8-14-1 5-19-1
Punts 0-00.0 8-35.1
Fumbles-lost `0-0 2-1
Penalties-yards 4-25 4-32
Rushing—Amarillo High: Woods 12-140, Reid 18-110, Rodriguez 5-(-6), Ferrell 6-29, Blaine Prescott 1-0, Colten Castleberry 1-12, Brent Burdett 5-48, Chris Buchanan 3-10, Deon Lynch 6-14, Jonathan Shoels 2-(-4). Canyon: Cade McCallie 11-(-24), Steven Hansen 7-24, Walker Horn 1-2, Chris Spencer 3-8, Derrick Spencer 2-2, Issac Garland 1-(-2).
Passing—Amarillo High: Rodriguez 6-11-0-89, Garcia 2-3-0-38. Canyon: McCallie 5-19-2-59.
Receiving—Amarillo High: Austin Thurman 1-22, Sluder 4-36, Prescott 1-31, Shy Burney 1-17, Ferrell 1-21. Canyon: Graeson Cook 2-16, Garland 1-14, Clay Erwin 2-29.