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Palo Verde gets back on track with big victory against Bonanza

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Palo Verde football players Brad Solomon and Andrew Simister Thursday, July 26, 2012.

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Calvin Beaulieu rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns Friday night to lead the host Palo Verde High football team to its first victory of the season with a 41-13 win against Bonanza.

Quarterback Parker Rost completed 9-of-16 passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns, including two scoring strikes to Hykeem Massey. Massey finished with three catches for 102 yards with touchdowns of 67 and 27 yards.

After losing its initial two games of the season by a combined 14 points, including blowing a fourth-quarter lead last week at Centennial, Palo Verde was able to get back on track with a solid performance.

“It’s huge for our confidence,” Palo Verde coach Darwin Rost said.

Bonanza scored the game’s first points on a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown. Later in the game, it scored on a blocked punt return.

Ryan Beaulieu, Calivin’s older brother, added a rushing touchdown for Palo Verde. He also had a punt return for a score called back because of a penalty.

Rost’s other touchdown pass went to Christian D’orazio-Martin.

Palo Verde (1-2) won’t have much time to enjoy the victory. Next Thursday, they play Liberty on the Thursday Night Lights telecast in a contest several are calling the best of the regular season. Three seasons ago, Palo Verde barely beat Liberty and both schools are perennial powers.

“We’ve already played in some physical games this year. (The experience) will be huge for us,” coach Rost said.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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