SAN TAN VALLEY — Coming off an emotional up-and-down week where they didn’t even know they would play before losing to Sierra Vista Buena, the Combs Coyotes managed to regroup and get back to business.
Behind a monster game from Joey Jensen, Combs (1-1) led from the beginning of its game against Tempe until the very end, putting together a string of successful drives to win 47-7.
“The best remedy for losing is winning, so I’m pleased with how the boys played,” said Coyotes coach Travis Miller. “I think our boys went in expecting to win the game, but starting this crazy season with a loss made this all the more sweeter.”
Sophomore quarterback Tanner Hale had the best game of his short career, running for two touchdowns and throwing for one to Tanner Price. But it was Jensen with more than 200 yards and four touchdowns who showed why he entered the season as a star to watch.
“He showed what he was capable of, running and receiving,” Miller said. “He was great.”
An alumnus of Tempe, Miller said he knows the school well and noted that the number of players on the sideline were down significantly from what is typical. Nonetheless, he said his team did a much better job sticking to the gameplan and remaining focused on offense.
“What was lacking the previous week was our offense having continuous drive and putting things together,” he said. Tonight our offense was able to do that. We cleaned up a lot of mistakes.”
On defense, Brodee Tucker stuck out in Miller’s mind for the way he dominated the trenches, giving the secondary a much better opportunity to then shut down the Tempe passing attack.
“Last week, we kept getting beat on the same deep ball over and over again,” Miller said. “We were able to shut them all down this time. We knew teams were going to come at us with that, so we were prepared.”
Next week, the Coyotes travel to Cottonwood to play Mingus (1-1), which is coming off a big 69-0 win over Mohave.