SDSU Aztecs, USD Toreros Produce Wins on Gridiron
Five-foot-nine-inch, 170-pound junior running back Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown as the San Diego State University (SDSU) Aztecs football team speared the University of San Diego (USD) Toreros by a final score of 37-3 in a non-conference ballgame played before an announced attendance of 48,785 spectators at Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday afternoon, September 5.
Pumphrey, the son of Madison High School alum Gina Padua, hit paydirt on his touchdown run from five yards out in the first quarter, extending the Aztecs advantage against USD to 14-0.
SDSU marched 98 yards on 12 plays over 5:05.
The Toreros were led by the performances of 6-foot-1-inch, 190-pound redshirt freshman quarterback Anthony Lawrence (nine completions out of 13 attempts, for 71 yards passing) and 6-foot-5-inch, 240-pound redshirt sophomore tight end Ross Dwelley (five receptions for 50 yards receiving).
“I thought our defense played quite well under the circumstances,” said USD head coach Dale Lindsey.” “All in all, they’re responsible for 16 of the 37 points. The offense gave up two interceptions (returned for touchdowns) and the special teams gave up the kickoff return (for a touchdown). You’ve got two of the three phases of our game that didn’t come up to level. You’re not going to win like that against a bad team. And they (the Aztecs) are a very good team.”
“Every single one of our backs are extremely versatile,” said 6-foot-5-inch, 235-pound SDSU senior quarterback Maxwell Smith. “They can all go out, they can all run, and they can all catch the football. It can put defenses in a bind sometimes when we put the backs out there like that. I missed one throw to Pumphrey, but work with them all the time so it’s not like it’s something we don’t do often. We’ve been working all spring and summer with the backs and they’re all fully capable of catching the ball.”
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Coach Lindsey on the Toreros week two 45-21 home-opening triumph over the Western New Mexico University Mustangs: “Fortunately for us our defense did enough to keep them (the Mustangs) out of the end zone. They are always tough and fight you all the way to the very wire.”
Coach Rocky Long on the Aztecs losing 35-7 in week two to the California Golden Bears and 34-27 in week three to the South Alabama Jaguars: “I hope that’s not a trend. When it happens two weeks in a row, you start to wonder. The biggest mistake we made was fumbling the ball.”
Pumphrey rushed for 85 yards on 21 carries against California and 102 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries and five catches for 55 yards versus South Alabama.
Local Area Non-League HS Football Scores
WEEK ONE: Madison 44, El Capitan 7; Clairemont 41, Gabriellino 17; Kearny 55, San Ysidro 10; Nuview Bridge 42, Francis Parker 6; CETYS 21, Horizon 14; WEEK TWO: St. Augustine 48, Madison 21; Mar Vista 28, Clairemont 7; Santana 59, Kearny 19; Hoover 42, Francis Parker 0; Maranatha Christian 10, Horizon 6; WEEK THREE: Madison 29, Bonita Vista 28; Clairemont 27, Montgomery 26; Crawford 35, Kearny 28; Mater Dei 49, Francis Parker 27; Horizon 45, Tri-City Christian 0; WEEK FOUR: Eastlake 37, Madison 36; Mission Bay 36, Clairemont 7; El Cajon Valley 34, Kearny 28; Francis Parker 20, Calexico 14; Santa Clarita Christian 49, Horizon 7;
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