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No. 6 Marcos de Niza at No. 2 Chaparral

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No. 6 Marcos de Niza at No. 3 Chaparral (Div. II): In the big surprise of Week 2, Marcos poured it on Chaparral in a 56-45 win over the Firebirds, thanks to a 21-point fourth quarter led by (who else), Josh Eckley: 340 yards passing, 6 TD, 105 yards rushing and another score. The Padres were able to offset a couple turnovers because of their offense and a rotten night passing for Chaparral QB Sean Paul Brophy. Eckley remains the great equalizer, but Chaparral believes it’s now better equipped to deal with the Padres’ all-purpose quarterback. The Firebirds have been unstoppable since, and that’s where this game will be decided. Chaparral’s running game and variety of skill kids out of the backfield and at receiver are going to be tough for Marcos to stop. The Padres overcame a horrible week in seeing their coach be put on administrative leave, then beat recent-nemesis Tucson Ironwood Ridge a few days later. Stopping Chaparral, however, is another matter, even if the Firebirds haven’t played in a close game since the end of September.

Prediction:  Chaparral 44, Marcos de Niza 31

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