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No. 3 Desert Edge vs. No. 2 Saguaro (Div. III)

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No. 3 Desert Edge vs. No. 2 Saguaro (at Arcadia H.S.):  The Division I games are rightfully getting the attention, but this Div. III matchup could wind up being the best game outside the biggest classification, a high-speed track meet and a blur of touchdowns and big plays. If it’s raining, however, it could wind up being the sloppiest. It’s too early to say a rivalry is developing here since Goodyear Desert Edge’s 38-35 nail-biter of a win over Saguaro in last year’s state quarterfinals was the only meeting between these schools, but for entertainment value and competitiveness it’ll be a dandy. This is shaping up to be a last-team-with-possession-standing affair. Saguaro has Luke Rubenzer, Christian Kirk and J.T. Nettleton leading the way on both sides of the ball. Desert Edge has Anthony Hernandez (a whopping 55 TD passes), freshman Roshaun Johnson and Elijah Marks and Ismael Murphy-Richardson, a pair of kids every bit as dynamic as Saguaro’s with unfinished business after losing to Queen Creek in last year’s Div. III title game. Desert Edge is going to score, that’s a given. But one of the questions surrounding the Scorpions is even though several kids are back from last year’s team, this year’s group didn’t play a difficult regular season schedule (10-0 and yet No. 3 in the final regular season power rankings) and hasn’t seen an elite Div. III team in the postseason until now. Advantage: Saguaro. How much that will matter given the talent and speed of these two teams on the field is questionable, but it’s worth wondering if Desert Edge can withstand a Saguaro flurry or be pushed around and respond as the Sabercats have done a few times this season.

Prediction:  Saguaro 42, Desert Edge 35

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