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Yuma Catholic sophomore quarterback Richard Stallworth continued lighting up scoreboards Friday in a 49-12 rout of Wickenburg that left the Shamrocks one of five 3A schools still unbeaten.

Stallworth shredded the Wickenburg secondary all night, finishing 25 of 38 for 481 yards and seven touchdowns — three to Austin Rush and two apiece to Mario Martinez and Austin Priest, all juniors.

“He worked really hard in the offseason and paid his dues in the weight room,” said Shamrocks coach (and Richard’s father) Rhett Stallworth. “He’s only 15, but he’s definitely putting up big numbers and playing like a mature, veteran quarterback.”

Through three weeks, Stallworth has thrown for 1,047 yards and 13 touchdowns, completing more than two-thirds of his passes (65 of 96). He has spread the ball between his top three receivers, with Rush, Martinez and Priest each having caught four touchdown passes. 

“Most of our skill kids are young,” said Coach Stallworth, who noted he has 16 sophomores on the varsity. “It’s a good nucleus, all good kids who work well together, so the future’s very bright.”

— René Ferrán