Donnel Pumphrey was a little late to Canyon Springs’ homecoming festivities on Friday.
But the junior running back still was the life of the party.
Pumphrey rushed the ball 12 times for 116 yards and a pair of touchdowns — after sitting out the first quarter — to help the host Pioneers overwhelm Eldorado, 50-0.
Pumphrey, who eclipsed 1,000 yards on the season and was named homecoming prince at halftime, was held out for the first quarter for being tardy — literally.
“I was late to call-outs today, so they sat me out the first quarter,” said Pumphrey, who entered the game as the area’s sixth-leading rusher. “But we just played as a team and had a good win.”
Canyon Springs (5-2, 5-0 Northeast) racked up a 14-0 lead in the first quarter without Pumphrey’s services.
Kevion Glenn had his first of two touchdowns of the game on a 43-yard pass to Michael Gayden on the second play from scrimmage.
James Jones returned a fumble 18 yards for a score at the end of the quarter to give the Pioneers a two-score lead.
When Pumphrey entered the game with 11 minutes left in the second quarter, he immediately broke off a 26-yard run.
Later in the quarter, he scored on a dazzling 26-yard run, spinning and breaking tackles in the process, to push the Pioneers’ lead to 30-0.
Canyon Springs offense muddled through the third quarter, outgaining the Sundevils 10 yards to one in the period, and Pumphrey said there were times when the Pioneers lost focus against the struggling Sundevils in the second half.
“We started slow in the second half, but we had to get (our focus) back. Then the line started picking it up and I started seeing the holes,” said Pumphrey, who found a hole for a 35-yard TD burst in the second half.
While the Pioneer offense bogged down at times, the defense looked sharp throughout.
The Pioneers limited Eldorado (2-5, 1-4) to 58 yards of offense and scored twice on defense. Besides Jones’ fumble return, Tobias Carson sacked Eldorado’s quarterback in the endzone for a safety in the second quarter.
Canyon Springs defense finished with three sacks, a blocked punt, a forced fumble and an interception.
“(This game) was like an extra practice for us,” said Pumphrey, whose team kept pace with Las Vegas atop the division with the win. “Right now we are just looking at the game with Vegas, and then the playoffs.”