Panthers score on first four possessions, roll to win over Trailblazers

Palo Verde scored touchdowns on their first four possessions and cruised to a 40-7 home win over Durango (5-5) in the Sunset Region playoffs on Friday.

Palo Verde (10-0) will host Centennial Thursday in a Sunset Region semifinal.

Senior running back Eric South scored on runs of 17 yards and 1 yard in the first quarter, and led the Panthers with 73 yards on 12 carries.

Palo Verde’s quarterback Parker Rost threw for 112 yards and two touchdowns. Rost had a 13-yard scoring toss to Lee Griggs, and a 57-yard TD pass to Ryan Beaulieu, who also intercepted a pass on defense.

Jacob Witham added a 32-yard TD run, and Jonathan Maxwell finished the scoring on a 30-yard scamper.

Durango’s Arie McQuaig scored on a 39-yard fumble return, and compiled 51 yards rushing to lead the Trailblazers, who got an interception from Mike Figueroa.

Griggs contributed 69 yards on 12 rushes, and Jerrol Garcia-Williams had an interception and six tackles on defense for Palo Verde.

Palo Verde 40, Durango 7
Durango          0     0    0     7      –7
Palo Verde    12   14    0   14    –40
First Quarter
PV—South 17 run (kick failed).
PV—South 1 run (pass failed).
Second Quarter
PV—Witham 32 run (Randall kick).
PV—Griggs 13 pass from Rost (Randall kick).
Fourth Quarter
PV—Beaulieu 57 pass from Rost (Randall kick).
D—McQuaig 39 fumble return (Williams kick).
PV—Maxwell 30 run (Randall kick).
Individual Statistics
RUSHING—Durango, McQuaig 22-51, Germain 5-17, Nieves 4-11, Gruttadauria 2-2, Martinez 5-(minus 16). Palo Verde, South 12-73, Griggs 12-69, Maxwell 3-47, Witham 3-39, Beaulieu 3-34, Simister 1-5, Morales 1-3, Haynes 2-(minus 4).
PASSING—Durango, Martinez 1-5-1 3, McQuaig 1-1-0 6. Palo Verde, Rost 8-11-1 112.
RECEIVING—Durango, Germain 1-6, McQuaig 1-3. Palo Verde, Beaulieu 3-64, Griggs 3-21, Garcia-Williams 1-22, Witham 1-5.