Mingus football beats Mesquite to earn best start since 2010

Mingus senior Mardquez Mestas celebrates a touchdown during the Marauders’ 24-21 win on Friday night at home. Mingus Union scored three passing touchdowns. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Mingus senior Mardquez Mestas celebrates a touchdown during the Marauders’ 24-21 win on Friday night at home. Mingus Union scored three passing touchdowns. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

AIA Week 3 football scores

4A Grand Canyon

Bradshaw Mountain 54, Youngker 14

Prescott 43, Moon Valley 0

Flagstaff 28, Dysart 7

Coconino 28, Carl Hayden 0

Lake Havasu 35, Mohave 21

Lee Williams 28, River Valley 14

2A VERDE

Trivium Prep 56, Sedona Red Rock 14

Arizona Lutheran 56, Tonopah Valley 8

Parker 34, Kingman Academy 28

Valley Lutheran 28, Glendale Prep 22

6A

Hamilton 23, Arbor View Hills (Las Vegas, NV) 17

Cibola 47, Southwest (El Centro, Calif.) 0

Campbell (HI) 37, Sandra Day O’Connor 20

5A

Williams Field 49, Cactus Shadows 3

Centennial 13, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) 7

Notre Dame Prep 47, Gilbert 0

Campo Verde 44, Raymond S. Kellis 7

4A

Yuma 40, Calipatria (Calif.) 7

Sahuarita 42, Palo Verde Magnet 7

Salpointe Catholic 28, Desert Edge 21

3A

Snowflake 34, Florence 14

Thatcher 60, Show Low 6

2A

Scottsdale Prep 33, ASU Prep 12

Zuni (NM) 20, Hopi 14

Valley Christian 38, Scottsdale Christian 21

Phoenix Christian 56, American Leadership Academy - Ironwood 7

1A

Williams 62, Salome 14

Superior Jr./Sr. 24, Bagdad 12

Mingus Union football’s perfect start to the season continued on Friday night.

MUHS beat Gilbert Mesquite 24-21 at home to earn the Marauders’ best start in eight years.

The last time Mingus Union (3-0) started the season 3-0 was in 2010. That year the Marauders went 9-3 and made it to the state quarterfinals.

Going into this season, MUHS had lost seven games in a row to teams from outside the Grand Canyon Region.

After trailing 14-7, Mingus Union tied the game up before halftime. In the third quarter the Marauders took a 21-14 lead but in the fourth the Wildcats (0-3) tied it up.

Senior kicker Danny Rodriguez kicked the game winning field goal from 18 yards out. He also was 3-for-3 on extra points.

Rodriguez has kicked three field goals in the last two games.

Mingus Union’s last field goal before that was in 2016 and last year they were 18-for-27 on extra points.

Senior running back/linebacker Alex Nelson rushed for over 150 yards for the third week in a row, gaining 171 yards on 34 carries.

Senior tight end/linebacker Kendrew Streck caught four passes for 44 yards. Senior receiver/linebacker Chaz Taylor caught two touchdown passes and senior Mardquez Mestas also scored a touchdown.

Senior quarterback Antoine Zabala was 9-for-16 passing for 138 yards and three touchdowns, earning a 124.5 quarterback rating.

On defense senior corner back/running back Colby Fanning led the way, intercepting a pass and recovering two fumbles. Taylor also had an interception and Streck forced a fumble.

Mingus Union closes out non-region play on Friday when they travel to Chandler Seton Catholic (2-0). The Sentinels beat Palm Desert (Calif.) Xavier Prep 39-13 on Friday on the road.

The Marauders’ next home game is against Lee Williams on Sept. 21.

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