CASA GRANDE — Some school records can withstand the test of time and for 71 years it seemed that maybe only one team in Casa Grande Union school history would be able to say that they had the perfect season.
Up until this year the 1950 Cougars football team was the only group to finish the season undefeated and claimed the Class B state championship, as there were no playoffs back then.
This year’s CG Union team wrapped up the regular season 9-0, and the Cougars did so while navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last year the Cougars were one game away from reaching the state championship game when they ran into a tough Glendale Cactus team in the semifinals. Despite the loss it was still a historic achievement as it was the first time in school history that the team advanced to the semifinals.
The Cougars will try to go a step further this season as their quest for a state title begins on Friday in the first round of the 4A Conference playoffs.
Through their nine regular season games, CG Union outscored opponents 389-62 as the defense held three opponents scoreless.
CG Union was one game shy of the usual 10-game schedule as Chandler Seton Catholic canceled the day of the game on Sept. 24 due to COVID, and the Cougars were unable to make that game up.
Another change to the schedule came toward the end of the regular season when Tucson Pueblo was the scheduled opponent but also canceled. Luckily the Cougars did find another opponent in Phoenix Arcadia.
Week by week
Sept. 3 vs. Phoenix Sunnyside, 26-14
Quarterback Angel Flores rushed for 125 yards on 20 carries and threw for 183 yards on 13 of 20 passing with three touchdowns and one interception.
Anthony Flores had five receptions for 77 yards and two touchdowns. Deandray Kelley caught two passes for 41 yards and one touchdown.
RJ Keeton added a touchdown on 18 carries for 101 yards.
Derrick Kuykendall and Luke Luna each had one sack, with Luna recovering a fumble on defense. Kevin White Jr. and Andon Diaz each came up with an interception.
Sept. 10 at Peoria, 35-21
Keeton led the way with three rushing touchdowns and ran for 247 yards.
Angel Flores also ran one score into the end zone and added another touchdown with his arm (to Anthony Flores). He finished with 125 rushing yards and threw for 79 yards on 8 of 11 passing.
Diaz grabbed one interception.
Sept. 17 at Maricopa, 55-0
Kelley had three receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Anthony Flores also caught a touchdown pass to go along with his other two receptions, to finish with 97 yards.
Angel Flores threw the three touchdowns and had 314 passing yards. Keeton also had three touchdowns as he rushed for 121 yards.
Alex Ybarra had one sack and Diaz had two interceptions for 43 yards. Grant Johnson blocked a punt, and three fumbles were recovered on defense by Devin Hernandez, Dee Azcueta and Luna.
Sept. 30 vs. Douglas, 56-7
Center Nick Anaya had one carry for a 2-yard touchdown. White also had one rushing touchdown for 20 yards.
Demetrius Garrett completed one pass for 35 yards.
Angel Flores threw for 141 yards and three touchdowns, to Anthony Flores, Nathan Long and Kelley.
Kuykendall and Johnson each had one sack, and Diaz and Azcueta each had one interception.
Oct. 8 at Sierra Vista Buena, 42-7
Angel Flores had a six-touchdown game (five passing, one rushing). He had a 93% completion rate on 14 of 15 passing for 314 yards and ran for 111 yards.
Kelley had 108 receiving yards and four catches, three of which were touchdowns. Garrett caught the other two touchdowns and finished with 107 receiving yards.
Diaz had one interception for 38 yards.
Oct. 15 vs. Tucson Sahuaro, 48-0
Angel Flores scored five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing). He ran for 140 yards on eight carries and threw for 254 yards.
Kelley caught three passes with one touchdown for 117 yards. Anthony Flores had five receptions and two touchdowns for 58 yards.
Diaz had one interception.
Oct. 22 at Sahuarita Walden Grove, 49-0
Diaz grabbed an interception for the seventh consecutive game. White and Hernandez also had one interception.
Zion Gomez and Jake Sylvestre each recovered a fumble.
Keeton rushed for four touchdowns on 11 carries and 110 yards. He also had one receiving touchdown.
Long rushed for one touchdown and Anthony Flores had one receiving touchdown.
Angel Flores had an 82% completion rate on 9 of 11 passing for 142 yards with two touchdowns.
Oct. 29 at Tucson Canyon Del Oro, 28-6
Keeton rushed for 110 yards and Angel Flores threw for 219 yards and one touchdown. The senior quarterback also ran one in for a score.
Garrett caught the touchdown pass.
Nov. 5 vs. Arcadia, 50-7
Sylvestre grabbed two interceptions and returned one for a touchdown. Kuykendall got 3.5 sacks.
Garrett completed two passes for 17 yards and caught four passes for 72 yards and one touchdown.
Keeton ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Angel Flores also ran one in for a score and threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns.
Kelley had two receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Garrett had the other scoring reception.