Rushing attack delivers Palo Verde its first win

Palo Verde rushed for 517 yards and five touchdowns on Friday as the Panthers earned their first win with a 40-13 victory over visiting Cimarron-Memorial.

Chamere Thomas supplied TD runs of 48 and 59 yards down the left sideline to give Palo Verde (1-6, 1-4 Northwest League) a 14-0 lead after the first quarter.

After Cimarron cut the lead to 14-7 on a 46-yard TD pass from George Tribble to Eric Wade, Earnest Williams returned the ensuing kickoff 62 yards to set up the Panthers in Spartans territory. On the next play, quarterback Nick Zuppas hit Jonathan Schofield with a 45-yard TD strike that made it 20-7 at the break.

Schofiled capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive to open the second half with a 10-yard TD run, and scored on a 65-yard TD carry on Palo Verde’s next drive to make it 33-7 with 4:43 left in the third quarter.

Williams provided a 54-yard TD scamper early in the fourth quarter for the Panthers, and Cimarron rounded out the scoring with a 27-yard TD pass from Tribble to Wade with 5:05 remaining in the game.

Thomas rushed for 171 yards on nine carries, and Schofield finished with 161 yards on 15 attempts for Palo Verde. Terrill Jimerson added 100 yards on 14 carries for the Panthers.

Tyree Riley had 68 yards rushing on 22 carries for the Spartans (1-6, 0-4), who got nine tackles from Noah Mariano-Johnson.