Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 | 11:25 p.m.
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Palo Verde hosts Cheyenne in a Thursday night game between two traditional Northwest powers. The Panthers have looked nearly invincible while starting the season 5-0, but could the Desert Shields give them a scare in this rivalry game?
Arbor View High football coach Dan Barnson didn’t know what to expect from his team this fall.
He looked at the roster, saw several underclassmen at key positions and initially thought victories would be hard to come by.
He was wrong.
Sophomore Donnie Gaskin rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries Friday night, and the Arbor View defense didn’t surrender any points as the Aggies topped Shadow Ridge 28-14 for their sixth straight win of the season.
Shadow Ridge scored a defensive and special teams touchdown.
“We are trying our hardest to keep the kids grounded,” Barnson said. “I know I sound like a broken record, but we have a young team and we are just going week by week.”
Arbor View, which opened in 2005, has never qualified for the playoffs. The Aggies also haven’t beaten Cheyenne, their next opponent.
“(Cheyenne) has more athletes than anybody in the league,” Barnson said.