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Soaring Eagle cruise past Spartans 36-7

(Nick Wagner, Deseret News, File)



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SALT LAKE CITY — Juan Diego Catholic High School defeated Murray High School 36-7 behind an impressive team effort from the Soaring Eagle.

The Soaring Eagle’s offense ran through the Spartans' defense with minimal resistance. Juan Diego moves to 3-1 while Murray is 0-4 and still searching for its first win of the season.

Juan Diego’s senior quarterback Zach Hoffman conducted the offense with poise and threw for one touchdown and was a constant threat to run the ball in the option offense. Hoffman and the rest of the team kept the pressure on the Spartans from the opening kick.

“My linemen up front had great blocks, my running backs they ran hard, my receivers ran the right routes and made plays on the ball," Hoffman said. "Just overall it was a good team effort. I couldn’t more proud of them."

Head coach John Colosimo was satisfied with his quarterback’s performance. He called Hoffman dynamic and praised his ability to lead his team.

“He makes us go. As he goes, we’re gonna go as a football team,” he said.

The Soaring Eagle’s defense was smothering, forcing four Spartan turnovers. The defense did an excellent job of keeping Murray out of the end zone, and the Spartans scored their lone touchdown before halftime. Juan Diego stopped Murray on three separate fourth-down situations.

Juan Diego’s senior running back Alfonso Preciado had three rushing touchdowns. He took advantage of the holes his offensive line created for him and carried the workload for the Soaring Eagle.

“You could see it in his eyes, he wanted to get in the end zone every time he touched the ball,” Hoffman said of Preciado’s performance.

Preciado credited the preparation from his coaching staff and offensive line for the way they played against Murray.

“Every time we go to the sideline, our offensive coordinator talks to us and goes through what kind of defense they’re running and it sets us up perfectly for the next drive for whatever they’re gonna run," Preciado said. "And our linemen are executing perfectly right now, and it opened up all the holes."

Region play starts next week for Juan Diego, and its goal is to bring home the region championship. The Soaring Eagle will go on the road to face North Sanpete. Hoffman has his mind set on winning the region title.

“Just continue to get better, listen to our coaches, they always have an amazing game plan written up for us. It’s just our job to learn the game plan, execute it that week and give it all we have,” he said.

Colosimo echoed his quarterback’s feelings about winning the region.

“I hate to sound like coach speak, but you gotta take them one at a time, we gotta get ready to play North Sanpete next week. We’ll play that one, see what happens, and move on from there. That’s your best opportunity to make a good run in the state playoffs.”

North Sanpete is 0-4 after losing to Judge Memorial Catholic High School 20-12 on Friday night.

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