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Diamondbacks bounce back, rout Bonanza

Desert Oasis suffered its second loss of the season last week.

But both times the Diamondbacks have fallen, they’ve rebounded quickly.

Ty’shun McClinton rushed for 153 yards and four touchdowns as Desert Oasis spoiled Bonanza’s homecoming game with a 47-0 victory. The Diamondbacks bounced back from a 45-6 defeat at the hands of Arbor View last week.

It didn’t take long for the Diamondbacks to find the end zone, as quarterback Brannon Flowers scored on a 38-yard run on his team’s second offensive play.

McClinton and Marquis Smalls each added 21-yard scoring runs before the first quarter ended, and Desert Oasis led, 20-0.

“Running the football is our trademark,” said Desert Oasis coach Brad Talich, whose team outgained Bonanza, 165-16 in the first quarter. “Our offensive line wears people down as we continue to run the ball. I know at some point we will have to open things up, but if you don’t run the football you don’t win games.”

McClinton added touchdown runs of 6 and 10 yards in the second quarter, and Flowers hit Jaden Mitchell for a 27-yard score to give Desert Oasis (5-2, 1-1 Northwest) a 40-0 lead at the half.

The Diamondback defense was just as impressive, forcing six interceptions.

“This is a big win for us, but Saturday we will start working on next week,” said Talich, whose squad will host Cimarron-Memorial next Friday. “We have been preparing for that game for several months, and we will be ready to go.”

Flowers added 72 yards rushing for Desert Oasis, which finished with 256 yards on the ground.

DeShawn Williams gained 40 yards on 13 carries for Bonanza (2-5, 0-2).

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