Second-ranked Panthers force six turnovers, roll past Legacy


Second-ranked Palo Verde  (9-0, 8-0 Northwest) rushed for 303 yards and six touchdowns, and forced Legacy (4-5, 3-5) into six turnovers en route to a 56-7 road victory on Thursday.

Palo Verde owns the Northwest League’s top seed for the Sunset Region playoffs and will host Durango on Nov. 4.

Lee Griggs scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, catching passes of 17 and 30 yards from Parker Rost and running 11 yards. Griggs had 90 yards rushing.

Eric South scored on runs of 2 and 5 yards in the first quarter, and Patrick Gutierrez added TD runs of 3 and 15 yards. Jacob Witham ran 19 yards for a TD.

D’Andre Hughes scored for Legacy on a 95-yard kickoff return and rushed for 79 yards.

Palo Verde 56, Legacy 7
Palo Verde    14   21   14    7    –56
Legacy            0     0     7    0      –7
First Quarter
PV—South 2 run (Randall kick).
PV—South 5 run (Randall kick).
Second Quarter
PV—Griggs 17 from Rost (Randall kick).
PV—Griggs 11 run (Randall kick).
PV—Griggs 30 pass from Rost (Randall kick).
Third Quarter
PV—Witham 19 run (Randall kick).
Leg—Hughes 95 kickoff return (Castro kick).
PV—Gutierrez 3 run (Randall kick).
Fourth Quarter
PV—Gutierrez 15 run (Randall kick).
Individual Statistics
RUSHING—Palo Verde, Griggs 12-90, Gutierrez 10-76, South 11-64, Witham 7-42, Simister 2-15, Tofaeono 1-9, Beaulieu 1-7, Finn 3-3, Morales 1-(minus 3). Legacy, Hughes 21-79, Richardson 4-19, Webb 3-9, McMorris 1-4, Ireland 1-2.
PASSING—Palo Verde, Rost 4-7-0 98. Legacy, Richardson 2-12-1 30.
RECEIVING—Palo Verde, Garcia-Williams 2-51, Griggs 2-47. Legacy, Riley 1-20, Fuller 1-10.