How do you score 68 points one week and only seven the next? That's the quandary Dixie State's coaching staff faces as the No. 2 Rebels were shut down by Pima (Ariz.) 27-7 Saturday night in Tucson, Ariz.
The sixth-ranked Storm allowed only a late touchdown and dominated throughout. Pima special teams player Brian Hernandez scored twice in the first half, including an 80-yard punt return for a TD, and the Storm led 21-0 at the break.
Dixie State, 5-1 overall and 3-1 in Western States Football League play, struggled with turnovers. In the third quarter, Alphonso Cunningham broke off a big run deep into Storm territory, only to fumble at the end of the run. Moments later, Dixie quarterback Danny Southwick completed a 50-yard pass to Dave Ashworth to push the Rebels into the red zone, but Southwick threw his second interception of the day on the next play.
The Rebels avoided being shut out in the closing minutes of the game when J.T. Diederichs scored from five yards out. That score was set up by a 39-yard Southwick-to-Cody Wardle pass play.
Pima (6-0, 4-0) racked up 235 yards rushing in the game. Storm coach Jeff Scurren announced his retirement earlier this season. The game was played at Tucson's Sabino High School, where Scurren coached for more than two decades and won five state championships.
SNOW COLLEGE 27, MESA 6: At Mesa, No. 16 Snow College improved its Western States Football League record to 3-1 with its victory over Mesa on Saturday night. Currently, the Badgers are in a second-place tie with Scottsdale and Dixie State. Snow hosts Dixie State on Saturday.