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Junior William Fortin tries to shake off a Palo Verde Defender after running to the outside.

As the stands started to empty after a dominating 54-0 Walden Grove Red Wolves performance against the Palo Verde Titans, coach Corey Noble had a couple of words to say about his team.

“I couldn't be happier to get out like this during the regular season with this team,” Noble said.

The Red Wolves football program has had a historical season. Their regular season record is 8-2, the best ever for the school.

Junior Jordan Lopez went over 1000 yards for the season on the first pass of the game, marking the most a Walden Grove player has had during the regular season.

Junior Alex Lopez and his brother Jordan were named players of the week by multiple high school sports organizations.

Senior Bradley Capen led the Red Wolves with 606 rushing yards for the season. On the defensive side, senior Juan Ramirez led the team with 10 sacks.

Capen, a running back and linebacker, also led the team with 20 solo tackles. However, junior Rick Avelar led the team with 115 total tackles for the regular season.

The team also celebrates being the 4A Gila Region Champions, going undefeated in their region.

Walden Grove has two playoff appearances in its history, both resulting in first round losses.

The Red Wolves lost last year to Peoria High School, 33-7. The other appearance was a loss was to Safford High School in 2014.

This season, Walden Grove Red Wolves are gearing up to play Desert Edge High School Scorpions from Goodyear.

Desert Edge is ranked 28 in the state with losses to undefeated Salpointe Catholic High School, 5A team Millennium High School and Saguaro High School. All are heading to the postseason as well.

When comparing stats, Walden Grove will have the better time. However, when comparing schedules, Desert Edge has been through some tough teams.

Salpointe is a known powerhouse in Southern Arizona, yet they beat the Desert Edge Scorpions by only a touchdown. The Scorpions loss to the 5A Tigers was by only 4 points.

According to Max Preps, Walden Grove currently has Desert Eagle beaten out with almost every stat per game. The Red Wolves have more rushing, receiving, total touchdowns, tackles and sacks per game. The two teams are even with 14 interceptions for their season.

The Red Wolves play at Desert Edge High School in Goodyear Friday at 7 p.m.

The game

During senior night, players celebrated their blowout win as well as their last regular season game.

The first play of the game marked junior Jordan Lopez's 1000 yards for the season, at the end of the game, he had 1089 reception yards.

The second play of the game, junior Alex Lopez tossed the ball to senior Mason Young for a 27-yard touchdown, 7-0.

Palo Verde started with the ball at the 18-yard line, and had a quick four downs. Walden Grove drove the ball down the field until the 21-yard line. There the Palo Verde defense held the Red Wolves to a long field goal that barely got through as it hit the bottom of the post, 10-0.

Palo Verde fumbled the ball away at the 22-yard line on their next drive. Walden Grove recovered the ball and started at the Titans 13 yard line.

Senior Bradley Capen hammered the ball into the end zone to extend Walden Groves lead to 17-0.

Yet again, the Titans had the ball on the 20-yard line but couldn't get a first down.

Walden Grove picked up where they left off with 8:37 left in the second quarter with a 48-yard run from senior Isaiah Carranza, 24-0.

Palo Verde tried to get momentum going, but to no avail.

After a penalty called back a touchdown by junior Alex Lopez, the twins connected through the air instead. Jordan Lopez brought in the ball for a 43-yard touchdown, putting Walden Grove at 31-0.

With almost four minutes left to go, Palo Verde got the ball at the 15 yard line. However, Walden Grove forced a safety after forcing a fumble in the end zone, 33-0.

The Wolfpack got the ball again and after a steady drive, Bradley Capen ran the ball in with 19-seconds left until halftime to make the score 40-0.

Wanting no more of the Red Wolves, Palo Verde marked the end of the first half by taking a knee to run out the clock.

The Red Wolves steadily drove the ball down the field to start the second half, capped off by a 12-yard run by senior Jayson Allison, 47-0.

Walden Grove scored for the final time in the closing seconds of the third quarter, with senior Dominic Corrales punching the ball in the end zone, giving the Red Wolves a 54-0 win on senior night.

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