GILBERT — Coming off a blowout victory against Phoenix Central last week, the Rams looked to continue their positive momentum as they traveled to Gilbert Higley on Friday.
Maricopa coach Brandon Harris said the game plan was simple, they wanted to win.
The outcome, however, was entirely different as Higley defeated Maricopa 59-0.
Kai Millner threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns on 10 of 18 passing. Peyton Hill added 151 yards on the ground and two touchdowns for the Knights.
"Defensively we had a plan, and we really rallied to the ball well early and it just kind of snowballed on us," Harris said. "We went into halftime down 35-0, so they kind of put it away early. I'm proud of our kids for giving a good effort, but obviously we have to be a lot better."
Branson Heywood had a 90-yard kick return for a touchdown, and Higley's defense combined for 12 tackles for a loss.
The Rams were dealing with some injuries, and Harris decided to ease off on trying to get back into the game and will look forward to next week and cleaning up some mistakes at practice.
"We just have to look at film," he said. "Every game is a different thing. It's always different, whoever you play dictates what you're trying to do to them based on what you see on film. Our execution wasn't very good, and with a good football team, they're going to make you pay for it."