University used numerous big plays on defense and special teams, and Sean White added four passing touchdowns.
The Suns (1-0) converted three turnovers into scores, along with a blocked punt by Hunter Schectman, which ended up setting up a 7-yard touchdown reception by Chris Taylor, giving University School an early 20-0 lead.
“That’s exactly the type of performance you want out of your defense,” said University School coach Roger Harriott. “It’s great that our guys were able to capitalize on some turnovers.”
After Taravella (0-1) scored on a 2-yard run from Tylor Triplett, the Trojans recovered the onside kick and were on their way to scoring again when Quincy Wilson intercepted a halfback pass and returned it 96 yards for the score.
“That was definitely an important point of the game,” added Harriott. “We feel our offense will set the tempo, but the defense and special teams set the tone for the game. We are very excited about the direction we are heading in.”
The Suns struck again right before halftime as Bradley Clement picked up a fumble and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown, giving the Suns a 40-7 halftime lead.
Jordan Scarlett finished with 99 yards rushing, while Lajuan Hunt added 88 for the Suns. Taravella was led by Jawanza Evans-Morris, who had a game-high 122 yards on 19 carries.