The Big Mac Attack got back on track.
David McDonald may have been shut out of the end zone last week by Wickenburg, but he ran wild Friday night against Sedona Red Rock.
The junior galloped for 197 yards and three touchdowns as the Cowboys cruised 48-0. Two of his scores came in the first quarter, helping Camp Verde put the game away early. McDonald now has seven TDs on the season.
"He's the guy (opposing teams) have to stop," said Cowboy coach Luke Steege. "If he gets a hundred yards, we have a great chance."
Camp Verde improves to 3-1 overall, 1-1 in region with the win. More importantly, Steege's bunch showed the ability to rebound well after a tough loss (29-0 to Wickenburg on Sept. 14).
Sedona is also 1-1 in West Region play and falls to 1-3 overall. If the game proved a boost to the Cowboys, it was as equally deflating to the Scorpions, which had turned the corner somewhat last week by beating Chino Valley.
"It was kind of nightmare," said Sedona coach Jim Cromartie. "There's not a way to paint over this — we got whipped. We weren't hitting. We weren't very aggressive. We stunk up the place."
The first possession for both teams summed up how the rest of the evening would go.
Sedona started at its own 18 and had to punt after three plays only yielded 4 yards. Camp Verde took over at the Red Rock 48, and seven plays later had its first touchdown.
The Cowboys kept the Scorpions bottled up most of the first half. Sedona's first six possessions started at its own 18, 7, 23, 32, 17 and 21 respectively.
Camp Verde, on the other hand, enjoyed great field position. Four of the Cowboys' first five possessions started inside Red Rock territory (48, 38, 21 and 41 yard lines). The other began at the CVHS 41. All five drives resulted in touchdowns as the Cowboys took a 34-0 lead into intermission.
Sedona fumbled once on its 21. On another possession, a Red Rock kick returner slipped on the 7.
"We made mistakes early that hurt us," Cromartie said. "And we need to look at the toughness part. We're not very tough mentally or physically."
Chance Hauser, Ryan Moreno, Derrick Fringer, James Stalcup, Donnie Newton, Matt McDowell and Brandon Ream helped pave the way for McDonald and others as the Cowboys piled up close to 300 yards rushing.
Charlie Baca finished with 50 yards on six carries. Fullback Joey Jasman had 58 yards on 12 totes.
Camp Verde quarterback Chase Armstrong completed five of six passes for 74 yards. Brandon Ream and Travis Dixon both hauled in touchdown throws.
Sedona finished with about 165 yards in total offense. Quarterback Johnny Cunningham led the way with 80 yards on the ground.
Red Rock had chances to score toward the end of both halves. Matt Lawler returned a punt to the Camp Verde 25 late in the second quarter, and the Scorpions moved to the 13. But the Cowboys forced a fumble and ran out the clock until intermission.
Sedona drove from its 20 to the Cowboy 17 with the clock ticking down in the fourth quarter. But Baca picked off a pass near the end zone — his sixth interception of the season.
"We played four quarters of football for the first time," Steege said. "Defensively, we just dominated them. That was fun."
Both local teams face tough battles this week. Sedona will travel to Parker (last year's state runner-up), and Camp Verde will visit River Valley (which has only surrendered 14 points all season). Kick off for both games is 7 p.m.