Padres win their first three games of the season

By Alex Zener

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The Padres have won their first three games of the season big outscoring their opponents 146 to 12.

On Sept. 3, Marcos defeated Vistal Grande in Casa Grande, 41-0. Junior quarterback Braesen Leon completed 14 of 24 attempted passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns.

Senior Juan Lopez had five receptions for 111 yards and three touchdowns while senior Mason Stromstad scored the fourth touchdown on a 10-yard pass. Senior Damian Gonzalez, the Padres kicker, scored 11

Marcos de Niza wide reciever Clinton Hopkins (4). Photo by Billy Hardiman

of the 41 total points on five point-after-kicks and two field goals.

Stromstad tied with senior Damarques San Agustin and senior Xavier Bueno for the most tackles at eight. Stromstad had one quarterback sack while Lopez and senior Jireh Watson each had an interception.

On Sept. 9, the Padres defeated Fountain Hills 42-6, holding the Falcons scoreless in the first half while scoring six touchdowns and all 42 points in that same first half.
Leon completed five out of his six pass attempts scoring two touchdowns for a total of 112 yards. Senior Jamaal Young caught four of these six passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

The Padres scored three rushing touchdowns on offense and one touchdown by the defense.

Senior Clinton Hopkins and junior Lorenzo Alexander each scored a rushing touchdown as did Leon while Xavier Bueno recovered a fumble and rushed 25 yards for a touchdown.
Gonzalez scored six point-after-kick points.

On defense, Bueno had the only interception and was the leading tackler with six solo and three assisted tackles for a total of nine tackles. Senior Marcus Jones and Stromstad each had a quarterback sack.

On Sept. 16, the Padres defeated the Deer Valley Skyhawks, 63-6, on the Skyhawks home field.

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