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MALC gets 1st win

September 30, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — As important as his first victory as head football coach at Mohave Accelerated Learning Center was, Adam Gibson was more impressed by the manner in which his Patriots logged that 64-42 triumph over the San Pasqual Valley High School Warriors on Friday at Firebird Field.

“I’m very happy, not only with the win but with how we got the win.” Gibson told his team in a boisterous gathering in the north end zone moments after the conclusion of MALC’s homecoming game. “We ran plays correctly. We blocked successfully.

“This is my first ‘dub’ at MALC. That’s the way we can play. That’s the way we should play.”

The standouts were many in a game that featured 106 points and more than 1,000 yards of total offense.

MALC quarterback Coleton Brooke passed for 285 yards and five touchdowns and also ran for 120 yards and a score; Logan Cota caught three passes for 180 yards — touchdown grabs of 56, 71 and 53 yards — and added another 77 yards rushing that included a 48-yard TD gallop; and Kelden Holmes had two TD receptions, ran for another score and returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter to give the Patriots a 36-14 lead they would carry into the halftime break.

“It was all the line,” said Brooke. “The line stepped up.”

Cota agreed.

“The line gave me some big holes out there,” he said with a grin, “and I was able to use these ‘magic hands.’ ”

San Pasqual had a few stars of its own. Quarterback William White passed for 412 yards and six touchdowns despite missing much of the second quarter with a knee injury suffered on Holmes’ interception return. Josh White caught nine passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns while Jalen Bohannon made the most of his two pass receptions, scoring on plays of 71 and 75 yards.

It all combined for an entertaining, high-energy game between two teams that looked nothing like the winless squads they were when the night began.

Brooke threw TD passes of 14 and 25 yards to Holmes in a three-minute span in the first quarter to stake the Patriots to a 14-0 lead. Every time it looked as if the Warriors would make a game of it, the MALC offense — and at times its defense — made a big play to swing momentem back to the Patriots.

“We just went out and played,” said Gibson. “We forgot about the records; we just went out and played together and took care of each other.”

MALC, now 1-5 overall, travels to Bagdad High School on Friday. San Pasqual Valley, from Winterhaven, California, fell to 0-6 for the season.

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