PHOENIX — Florence’s fans were treated to some big touchdown runs by Tommy Carberry, Daven “Day Day” Neal and Isaac Sandoval Friday as the Gophers enjoyed their first win of the season.

The host team, Phoenix Veritas Prep (2-2), went down 42-3.

Sandoval caught the ball and ran almost 50 yards for the night’s first TD. Carberry scored twice for Florence, beginning with catching a pass for a 51-yard score in the first quarter. He then intercepted the Falcons and ran 65 yards for a TD in the second quarter. In the last minute of the first half, Neal grabbed a fumble and ran more than 80 yards for the goal.

Victor Aguirre and Josh Jackson also ran in touchdowns.

Jackson’s touchdown came in the third quarter after Carberry returned a punt to the 6 yard line, and Jackson threaded through the Falcons’ defense for the score.

“I thought our offensive line and our defensive line played well,” Florence coach Bill McKane said afterward. Defensive line pressure led to interceptions, including two by senior Javon Williams.

“I’m just proud of the kids,” McKane said. “We worked hard in practice this week. And we’ve got a lot of work to do. We made mistakes, as you can see, and we’re going to correct those.” Sophomore Jett Scott started the game as quarterback for Florence, and freshman Logan Stenson took over toward the end.

The Falcons’ only score was a 13-yard field goal in the second quarter.

“We couldn’t keep up with the physicality, but we knew that going in” Veritas Prep coach Jason Black said.

He said Florence is in a division above the Falcons, and his team worked with this in mind all week.

“But we weren’t able to match it when the clock turned on,” Black said.


Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at

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