Casa RB Keys, Analy QB Glass stood out Friday

From Press Democrat Staff Writer Eric Branch:

After 23 carries and four quarters tonight, Casa Grande junior running back Kahlil Keys was hurting.

But he was also smiling.

Keys had just rushed for 202 yards in the Gauchos’ 29-7 win against Analy, gashing the Tigers for six runs of least 15 yards.

“I’m sore,” Keys said. “But it’s a good sore. A very good sore.”

Keys rushed for 64 yards on 10 carries in the first half before doing some heavy lifting.

With Casa trailing 7-6 in the third quarter, Keys had runs of 25 and 28 yards to set up a Conner Derby field goal for a 9-7 lead the Gauchos wouldn’t relinquish.

Keys wasn’t much of a factor in Casa’s final three scores – one of which was an interception return for a touchdown – but his 13-carry, 138-yard performance in the second half was vital. It allowed the Gauchos to control the clock, seize momentum and wear out Analy’s defense.

In six games, Keys has 640 yards and is averaging 6.0 yards a carry.

I’d never seen Analy quarterback David Glass played until tonight. The verdict? He’s pretty impressive.

It was hardly one of his better games – he completed 10 of 23 passes for 182 yards with three interceptions – but he displayed some skills many quarterback in the North Bay don’t possess.

Glass has a rocket arm and throws well on the run. Several times tonight, he improvised while under heavy pressure, the best example a 22-yard toss to running back Isias Alcantar that he lofted across his body as he rolled right. The 6-foot, 185-pound Glass also flashed some speed on a 36-yard run on a quarterback draw to open the second half.