Trenton Bourguet threw his hands skyward after uncorking a 36-yard bomb that found paydirt.
The first passing touchdown of the night for the slender, junior gunslinger from Marana High School came roughly 18 minutes into last Friday’s game at Canyon del Oro High School.
It was far from his last.
Bourguet terrorized the Dorados secondary, with 200 passing yards and six touchdowns on a cool evening in the shadows of the Catalina Mountains.
The Tigers rocked the hometown Dorados 55-20, behind Bourguet’s dizzying scoring spree.
Senior Teon Simmons was the prime benefactor of Bourguet’s accuracy, hauling in five catches for 106 yards and four touchdowns on the night.
It was the kind of performance that longtime Marana Coach Andy Litten dreams of, and was a full showing of the Tiger’s offensive capabilities.
“Trenton does so many special things,” Litten said. “His athleticism allows him to move in the pocket, and then break big plays with his legs. And he’s able to read defenses so well. He’s a slippery kid.”
Bourguet’s athleticism was on display Friday, running for 56 yards on four attempts, to compliment his gaudy stats through the air.
Litten believes his gunslinger has come a long way in the team’s first five games mentally, with Friday’s performance being the end result.
“He lets the game come to him now,” Litten said.” “I think at the beginning of the year, he really felt like he had to win the game, and now he kind of lets the game come to him. And so it’s really helped him become an elite quarterback in Arizona.”
Carey leads the way for CDO
For the Dorados, the silver lining to an otherwise arduous night was the effort put in by senior back Elijah Carey.
Carey, who entered the game with 775 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, added 157 yards to his year, 59 of which came on his lone touchdown of the night.
Dorados Coach Dustin Peace praised the effort put in by his players, vowing to learn from their shortcomings against the Tigers. “We had an opportunity early in the game to get some momentum going, we just didn’t convert,” Peace said. “But [Marana’s] obviously a very good team. They’ve got a lot of skill, so they wore us down with their offense. But the positive is we got some guys some opportunities and we’re going to need that going down the road.”
The Dorados junior quarterback, Zach Eidenschink, had an up-and-down night, throwing for 138 yards and two touchdowns, but with two interceptions as well.
Peace said his team’s main focus this week in practice will be in finishing off drives and avoiding the fatal mistakes from Friday’s loss. He believes playing a tough non-conference schedule, against teams like Ironwood Ridge and Marana, will help his team going forward.
“We’re a top quality program, so we’re going to have to play those types of schools,” Peace said. “And coming out with the numbers that we have, it makes it difficult early in the season to do that. But hopefully down the stretch it pays off, when we get into region play and we get the opportunity to play other schools that are in our same league.”
Both teams face short weeks, with Marana facing Flowing Wells and CDO playing Catalina Foothills at 7 p.m. this Thursday.
For Litten, Thursday’s game against the 1-4 Caballeros presents another opportunity for his team to take control of its region and carry on with this week’s momentum.
“We’ve got to take it one game at a time,” Litten said. “We want to be our region champion again, and that’ll springboard us into the playoffs. So our destiny’s in our hands, and we know that if we go 4-0 that we’ll be region champs, make the playoffs and possibly have a nice seed. So that’s our major goal.”
Peace, meanwhile, knows his team faces a major test in facing the 4-2 Falcons.
“[The Falcons] are what they always are, a well-coached team,” Peace said. “They’re going to battle, and we’ve got to be prepared for that on the short come-around. So we can’t feel sorry for ourselves or anything like that.”