Del Sol’s Taariq Flowers rushed for three touchdowns, finishng with 121 yards on 26 carries, to lead the Dragons over the Warriors 24-12 at home Friday night.
Western opened the season with a 67-yard drive capped by a 3-yard touchdown run by Rodger Harrison. Harrison would finish with a game-high 218 yards on 32 carries.
The Warriors lead would be short lived as the Dragons (1-0) wasted no time turning two first quarter fumble recoveries into points.
Miguel Gomez recovered the first of three Warrior fumbles on the Western 10-yard line, setting up Flowers first TD run just two plays later. Ati Poni recovered a Western fumble deep inside Warrior territory on the following drive, leading to Flowers’ second score. Titan Williams added a 7-yard run in the second quarter to give the Dragons an 18-6 lead at the half.
Harrison was difficult to bring down throughout the game and closed the gap to six with a 56-yard touchdown run with 41 seconds left in the third quarter. The Warriors would draw no closer, and Flowers would put the game out of reach with his final TD, a 12-yard scamper with 3:21 to play.
Del Sol junior Jason Hoyer finished with 70 yards on nine carries and intercepted a pass.