The Quartz Hill football team were unable to complete their unlikely run to a state championship, losing to Jackson’s Argonaut, 47-14, in the CIF Division Championship game on Saturday. 6-AA.
The Royals won the CIF Southern Section Division 12 Championship against Compton and the 6-AA Regional Championship against Palo Verde Valley of Blythe.
It was a remarkable run for Quartz Hill given the team had several players hospitalized with COVID-19 and several other players missed games due to contact tracing. The Royals had to cancel two games at the start of the season and lost their first two games.
The Argonaut (12-3) slashed Quartz Hill’s defense to the ground. The Mustangs ran for 430 yards and five touchdowns.
Mateo Flores led Argonaut with 222 rushing yards on 11 carries with three touchdowns. The junior also had a 15-yard touchdown reception.
Colby Eckhart had 131 yards and two rushing touchdowns with a 45-yard touchdown reception and an interception.
Quartz Hill (9-6) started the game on a high note. Quarterback Chalin Crawford capped a nearly five-minute campaign with a stealthy quarterback to give the Royals a 7-0 lead.
Argonaut responded with 47 consecutive points. Beau Davis, son of head coach Rick Davis, threw two touchdown passes to give the Mustangs a 14-0 lead.
Flores ran for two touchdowns – 48 and 80 yards – in the second quarter to give Argonaut a 26-7 lead at halftime.
Quartz Hill gave his fans a glimmer of hope early in the second half. Royals running back Ashtin Dupleasis interrupted a 20-yard run to give the offense the ball inside the Argonaut 10. Dupleasis ran for a high 98 yards on 16 carries.
On the next play, Argonauts defensive back Randy Fage intercepted a pass in the end zone to give the ball to the Mustangs. Eckhart ran for an 80-yard touchdown on the play that followed to deflate the Quartz Hill crowd and extend the lead to 33-7.
Flores and Exkhart each ran for a touchdown in the third quarter to make it 47-7 before the fourth.
Quartz Hill linebacker Aiden Agnor made 136 early tackles despite four missed games this season. Agnor had a high of 14 tackles on Saturday.
At the end of the fourth quarter, Luciano Guzman recovered a fumble and returned it for 95 yards for a touchdown to make it 47-14.