Aztecs come out on top, defeating Broncos by 10


Photo by Maria Martin

Aztec football runs a play against Poston Butte. The Aztecs came out on top, continuing their undefeated record at home games.

Written by Jake Pyatt, Sports Editor

Varsity football returned home on Friday night to beat Poston Butte 24-14 due to a good offensive performance.

The Aztecs got out to a good start scoring a touchdown after multiple runs by junior Cameron Brice.

“We are a run first team,” head coach Cory Nenaber said. “We have been all year.”

The Broncos scored on the first possession of the second quarter on a 45-yard quarterback run.

Senior Daunté McEwen recorded a sack giving him the all-time single-season sack record with eight on the year.

“It’s pretty crazy,” McEwen said, “I couldn’t do it without my other teammates.”

The Aztecs converted on a field goal to give the Aztecs a three-point edge. Both teams would score one more touchdown before the half giving the Aztecs a 17-14 lead going into the locker room.

Neither team would score in until a touchdown thrown by senior quarterback Austin Freese made it 24-14 with 8:25 left in regulation.

“I thought he (Freese) played really well,” Nenaber said. “He’s doing a really good job of growing up and managing the game for us.”

After a costly turnover by Poston Butte, the Aztecs were able to run out the clock giving Corona the win.

“It was about staying with what we do which is running the football,” Nenaber said.

The team plays at Campo Verde next Friday over the break.

“Fall break is always tough,” Nenaber said. “The good news is we’ve been doing it for years now. It’s something we just got to handle.”