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Basic dedicates lopsided victory to severely injured former star

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Basic wide receiver Kelly Armistead thwarts a would-be tackler as he carries the ball during the 2009 Henderson Bowl at Green Valley.

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It’s been an emotional past week for Basic High.

Before the Wolves began preparing for Friday’s matchup with Rancho, they learned 2009 team captain Kelly Armistead was severely injured and suffered major head injuries in a car accident last Saturday.

Armistead has made some encouraging improvements since being placed in critical care, Basic coach Jeff Cahill said.

“We dedicated this one to him,” Cahill said. “The kids really took it to heart. When Kelly was a senior, this core group were sophomores and freshmen. They looked up to him and saw what he meant to the program.”

Basic destroyed Rancho, 46-0.

Armistead led Basic to the state semifinals in 2009 as a wide receiver and defensive back. DeVonte Boyd is this year’s standout in those two units.

Boyd had two interceptions — returning one for a touchdown — and a receiving touchdown.

Antraye Johnson, Mike Roberts and Tyrus Williams also scored touchdowns for Basic. Rancho only advanced inside of Basic’s red zone once in the game.

It was a statement shutout for the Wolves after the Rams proved their mettle by scoring 22 points in a loss to Del Sol last week. Cahill was so happy with the defensive performance that he couldn’t single out any players — the unit excelled together.

“The linebacking corps was great,” Cahill said. “They had big hits and caused some fumbles. Everyone did a great job of bouncing back from last week. Rancho is not a bad team.”

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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