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Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 5:15 pm

Over a year's worth of frustration was taken out last Friday night when Sonoraville visited Coahulla Creek and came away with a 41-16 win.

It was the first win for the Phoenix (1-3, 1-0) since they defeated Model in Week 3 of 2012, and they needed it in a bad way after starting this year with some tough losses.

The Sonoraville offense got on track for a huge night led by quarterback Cody Long who was making his first start of the season. Talk about a debut. Long ran for 240 yards on 22 carries with five touchdowns and also threw for 57 yards.

The ground game was also helped by a 119-yard performance by Andrew Slaton, including another touchdown.

They will hope to keep the momentum going this week when they are once again on the road, visiting North Murray.

The Mountaineers (1-3, 0-1) are coming off a lopsided loss at Cartersville last week in their region opener, 55-15.

North Murray has had a few early-season growing pains as they are trying to replace several key seniors from last year's team, including quarterback Brady Swilling, who was an All-State honorable mention selection in 2012 and is now playing at Georgia Tech.

Last season when these two teams met, North Murray came away with a big win, 35-7, at Sonoraville, which was their first over the Phoenix in their three meetings.

This will be a tough task for the Phoenix, but with a win they could set themselves up nicely to battle it out for one of the final playoff spots in Region 5-AAA, the first-ever for Sonoraville.

Prediction:

 The Phoenix looked like a different team last week against Coahulla Creek as they had their best offensive game in a long time.

Coahulla Creek isn't as good a team as North Murray, but Sonoraville should still be able to move the ball and put up some points.

The difference in the game will come down to which defense can force the most three-and-outs as well as forcing turnovers.

The Phoenix have some momentum going right now so look for this to be a very close game.

Score: North Murray wins, 33-30.

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