SAN TAN VALLEY — Combs easily cruised past a young winless Tempe team 55-6 Friday night, and it wasn’t only a few hot shots hogging the spotlight.

“Every skilled senior player scored a touchdown tonight,” Combs coach Travis Miller said after Friday’s homecoming game.

He said the team knew it would be their last game this season, “and I was just real proud of how the boys played. I was really impressed with the coaches, and the play calling, and the fact that these seniors got to play their last home game with a W.”

Brodee Tucker scored in the second and fourth quarters, the only Coyote scoring more than one touchdown.

Tempe’s score came in the third quarter when Bryan Stroughter returned a kick 75 yards.

The win gives Combs a 4-6 season record.

“We lost a couple of close ones early in the year that probably would have made the difference for us being able to play another week at least, but we’ve been in every game we played,” Miller said. “We’ve been very competitive and I’m proud of the grit the boys had this year.”

Combs’ first touchdown came just over three minutes into the game when Michael Davenport caught a 10-yard pass in the left corner of the end zone.

They scored next almost halfway through the second quarter. Combs was at 4th-and-6 when an offsides penalty moved them up five yards, and Tucker scrambled the last yard to earn the first down. Three plays later, Tucker threaded his way through the last four yards for the score. In the final minutes of the half, some big carries by Connor Wiles brought the ball to the 2-yard line before Arnon Blackshire ran it in, for a 21-0 halftime score.

The home team made three third-quarter touchdowns, including a pass completion to Chase Theabold, who ran it in for a total of 51 yards for the score.


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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