If there was any question as to how the young Chiawana football team would bounce back from a big loss at Richland, the answer was pretty clear early on.
The Riverhawks breezed 57 yards downfield in less than 90 seconds for an Andrew Vargas touchdown, and Chiawana was off to the races against the undermanned and undersized Suns.
The Riverhawks pulled away with a big second-quarter scoring spree on their way to a 45-13 victory at Edgar Brown Stadium.
Chiawana improved to 2-2 overall on the season, while Southridge fell to 1-3 after losing its third consecutive game.
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Vargas had a big night running the ball, carrying the ball 19 times for 127 yards and four touchdowns. His second touchdown run, a 3-yard jaunt, put the Riverhawks in front 21-0 with 9:50 remaining in the first half.
Meanwhile, the Suns’ run-oriented offense was kept in check all night, rushing the ball 40 times for just 148 yards. Southridge had just 210 yards of total offense.
Scoring in bunches
After the opening drive, the game seemed to settle down for the Suns. But that was before the Riverhawks scored 21 points in 2:31 to break the game wide open.
Troy Simpkins connected with Roman Ruiz for a 21-yard touchdown reception on fourth down to push the lead to 14-0 with 10:04 remaining in the first half. It was the second fourth-down conversion on the drive for Chiawana.
Southridge fumbled the ensuing kickoff.
One play and 14 seconds later, Vargas was in the end zone as the lead grew to 21-0.
Southridge gave the ball right back to the Riverhawks a few plays later on an interception by Hayden Carrasco. On the next play, Simpkins connected with Ruiz for a second time, this time from 20 yards to push the lead to 28-0.
Ending the drought
The run-first Suns try to mix in a few passes here and there, but it has been a struggle the past two games.
Last week, the Suns did not complete a pass, going 0-for-9 with one interception.
The Suns snapped the string of incomplete passes late in the second quarter on a screen pass to Zayid Al-Ghani that went for 43 yards, setting up an Al-Ghani 5-yard touchdown run right before halftime.
For the game, Southridge quarterbacks combined to go 2-for-5 for 62 yards.