Desert Pines defeats Green Valley behind 2 interception returns – PHOTOS
Desert Pines lost and found season continued Friday night.
Although they continue to lose key players, the Jaguars continue to find ways to win.
Defensive back Isaiah Rubin, ranked No. 2 for Nevada in the Class of 2024, recently became the fifth Desert Pines stalwart to transfer to a California school since the end of last season.
But the Jaguars barely skipped a beat, turning another hard-fought defensive effort into a 28-10 Class 5A Mountain League win at Green Valley.
Freshman free safety Treyshaun Jackson intercepted two passes and returned both for touchdowns – the second for 99 yards just before halftime – as the Jaguars improved to 2-0 in the league and 5- 1 in total.
“We lost a great player and just reloaded,” Desert Pines coach Tico Rodriguez said.
The Jaguars took a 28-3 halftime lead and held Green Valley (0-1, 1-5) to a single touchdown in the second half.
The home side held on until just before halftime when the speedy Jackson stepped forward past a pass into the left flat and ran the full length of the pitch. His first pick six, on Green Valley’s previous possession, came from 35 yards and put the Jaguars ahead 21-3.
“‘Action’ Jackson – he’s a special, dynamic player,” Rodriguez said. “It really changed the momentum and separated the game. He has receiving touchdowns, he has two on special teams, and now he has two on interceptions.
Desert Pines, which had scored 37 or more points in its four wins since losing its season opener, scored just the third time in its winning streak. The Jaguars totally stuffed the Gators’ running game, holding Green Valley to 23 net yards on 25 attempts.
Gators quarterback Justyn Delzeit had more success throwing the ball, completing 21 of 36 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown. Alfredo Rodriguez caught eight passes for 115 yards but the hosts were never seriously threatened after Jackson turned the game upside down with his two interception returns.
It was a great night for the young people of Desert Pines. First-year wide receiver Massiah Mingo caught short 3- and 4-yard TD passes – the second from fellow ninth-year AJ Stowers, who entered the game late in the second quarter when the Jaguars attack started to crumble. Mingo finished with six receptions for 85 yards.
Junior Gregory Burrell gained 97 yards on 11 carries to lead the Jaguars offense. But every time Desert Pines looked set to set up a practice, he was sidetracked by penalties. The Jaguars were whistled 16 times for 199 yards on offense.