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Gauchos run over Panthers

On the first play of Friday night's Casa Grande-Santa Rosa North Bay League football game, Casa junior quarterback JaJuan Lawson threw a perfect pass to senior wide receiver Jarred Roberts and the speedster turned it into a 77-yard touchdown.

Twenty seconds into the proceedings and the contest, if not the game, was over. Lawson and Roberts spent the rest of the evening showcasing their many talents as the Gauchos rolled to a 45-0 victory.

The win was the second in as many NBL games for the Gauchos, who are now 4-1 on the season. Santa Rosa fell to 2-3 on the season and 0-2 in league play.

Lawson had one of the most impressive games of an already impressive high school career. Unofficially, he completed 16 of 19 passes for 336 yards and five touchdowns. Six of his completions went to Roberts, who carried them for 146 yards and two touchdowns.

Lawson didn't confine his attention to Roberts. He also threw touchdown passes to Casey Longaker, Austin Eger and Corey Llorence, with the connection to Eger covering 86 yards.

On one of the few Casa Grande drives that fizzled out short of the goal line, sophomore Matt Abramo coolly booted a 27-yard field goal.

Defensively, the Gauchos yielded a few yards to Santa Rosa star running back Jahray Hayes, but generally bottled up both him and quarterback Vince Jones all evening.

By the fourth quarter, the clock was running continuously and both teams were emptying benches.

Casa Grande junior Miles Gardea made his debut at quarterback for the Gauchos and had two impressive runs, including a 36-yarder to the Santa Rosa 1-yard line that came just before he knelt twice to led the clock expire.

For the complete game story, see Thursday's Petaluma Argus-Courier.


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