CHANDLER - It was a tale of two halves.
After the Santa Cruz Valley Dust Devils were down 25-12 at halftime to the Chandler Arizona College Prep Knights they cut into the lead on the opening kickoff in the second half when running back Wyatt Ogle sprinted 45 yards down the left sideline to cut the lead to 25-20.
After the Dust Devils forced another punt in the third quarter they went on a 10-play 70 yard drive with Ogle breaking loose for 37 yards on one play before running back Ricardo Alaniz barreled over from three yards out on a fourth down play to take the lead 28-25.
"We had a great third quarter," said Dust Devils coach James Fitzgerald. "We ran the ball real well in the third quarter."
The Knights came right back when Diaz connected on a 44-yard bomb to wide receiver Jake Hoel to retake the lead 31-28, which held to be final.
With four minutes left the Dust Devils took over on downs at their own 8-yard line with one last chance.
On a halfback double pass, that was thrown across the the field where Hoel was waiting for the interception to seal the win for the Knights.
The Dust Devils at first had no problems Friday night with the Knights.
After the Dust Devils forced a three-and-out on the Knights first possession of the game.
Santa Cruz went on an 8-play 75-yard drive for a 6-0 lead but the Knights came right back for a 6-0 lead, but the Knights came right back when quarterback Jayden Diaz connected with Hoel on a 31-yard bomb to tie the game at 6-6.
The Dust Devils responded when Ogle broke loose for an 83-yard run before being dragged down at the 2-yard line. Running back O'Ryan Williams took in in from a yard out on second down to give the Dust Devils the lead at 12-6.
It was all Knights in the second quarter.
After Diaz connected with with wide received Josiah Munoz on a 27-yard strike to tie the game disaster struck the Dust Devils on the ensuing kickoff when it was fumbled and recovered by the Knights at Santa Cruz's 8-yard line. Three plays later Ivan Reyes took in from two yards out to take the lead 18-12.
Fitzpatrick said he did not think any play changed the game as evidenced by their third quarter comeback.
After the Knights forced the Dust Devils on a three-and-out in the second quarter Diaz found receiver Jerron Salazar, who got behind the defensive backs, for a 34-yard strike to push the lead to 25-12.
Fitzgerald, when asked about the long passes Diaz was able to connect pointed out that most of his starting defensive backs were not able to play, and he had to rely on freshmen.
"The inexperience really showed," he said, adding it was a hard fought game.
He complimented Ogle who rushed for well more than 200 yards along with with two touchdown runs.
Santa Cruz Valley dropped to 2-1 on the season, while AZ College Prep improved to 1-2.