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The play call was “Earth and Wind.” The result carried No. 3-seeded Chaparral back to the Division II state championship game for the fourth time in five years.
They might play in the middle of nowhere, but the River Valley Dust Devils are making quite an impression on the football field in the Division IV state playoffs.
No. 7 Campo Verde at No. 2 Mesquite (Div. II): The Week 10 battle of Gilbert’s Div. II upstarts was Mesquite’s in a 30-0 landslide. The Wildcats pounded Campo Verde’s defense with 38 runs, and threw it 27 times and amassed 420 yards of total offense. Besides it beign the first game without RB Gabe Ogbonnaya (out for the season with torn ACL), Campo coach Max Ragsdale said this week he counted 26 missed defensive assignements that night. The Coyotes’ defense is/was better than that all season, so a closer return to form is likely. Mesquite put up 42 points against Sierra Vista Buena in the first round last week, but Campo Verde's defense isn’t going to let that happen. The Wildcats are banged up (Nolan Tondreau was injured last week and was a dagger against Campo Verde in the first meeting), but Campo Verde needs a big-play threat running the ball, and hasn’t found one without Ogbonnaya. Mesquite’s defense is still too good for Campo to consistently move the ball, especially in the secondary.
Prediction: Mesquite 24, Campo Verde 13
Elijah Throckmorton had three touchdowns, including an 85-yard kickoff return in the third quarter to lift Combs to a 38-27 win versus visiting Coronado.
A 27-0 second quarter - keyed by a pair of fourth-down conversions – gave Scottsdale Prep the advantage it needed in Saturday’s crucial Division V, Section IV football matchup against Valley Christian at Chaparral High School.
Following two close finishes in a row, the Hamilton football team left no doubt on Friday night with a 42-0 victory over Gilbert. The Huskies dominated from the opening kickoff, scoring on all five of their first half possessions.
The Huskies took care of business against Gilbert, 42-0. The game didn't tell us much, but Hamilton has an intriguing one this week against Highland. The Huskies have the talent advantage, but both sides are risk-averse on offense and prefer to run the ball. Hamilton should win, but if it starts slow the score could remain close. The Huskies are getting healthier and hope to start turning it on as the playoffs beckon.
In only his second career start at quarterback, senior Chandler Fox completed 7 of 13 passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns to lead Chaparral to its fourth straight win and a 49-0 shutout victory over Arcadia on Friday night.
THIS WEEK’S GAMES
Following a whopping 83-yard punt, Notre Dame’s offense was pinned in its own end zone. A quick pass from Thomas Lehman to Christian Rodriguez earned a little room, and the Saints appeared to be driving.
Tempe Prep players huddle around coach Tommy Brittain after a 42-0 loss to Tempe Prep on Sept. 28, 2013.
Tempe Prep is bouncing back after losing its first three games to teams with a combined record of 11-3 (including unbeaten Phoenix Northwest Christian).
THIS WEEK’S GAMES
Nick Smith threw for 273 yards and seven touchdowns in the first half with three going to wide receiver Grayson Boyll, as visiting Scottsdale Prep rolled Sequoia from the get-go in a 62-0 victory.
Desert Ridge was already one of the elite teams in the state.
Behind the strong right arm of quarterback Emanuel Gant and his bevy of weapons, Tempe High dominated the third quarter Friday night and blew open what was a close game before coasting to a comfortable victory.
What a great start for Skyline at 5-0, which not only matches last year’s win total, but the most wins at the school since 2008. Wins against Corona del Sol and Gilbert are most impressive for Angelo Paffumi’s bunch. Now, however, comes the big-time underdog role: Mountain View, Desert Ridge, Desert Mountain, Mesa and Red Mountain is the remaining schedule. Here comes the real litmus test. Mountain View has been tested a few times (Anthem Boulder Creek and Highland in wins, Pinnacle in a close loss last week). The depth favors Mountain View, but the Toros would be wise to not waltz in on assumptions this is the same ol’ Skyline team. Toros coach Chad DeGrenier and co. are going to make sure of it, but if the Coyotes can win the turnover battle by at least a plus-2 differential, and effectively run against the Toros for both balance and to keep Mountain View’s offense on the sideline, an upset would be in the works. That’s still asking a lot to go right on Skyline’s end, but it’ll be a better game than last year’s 42-0 blowout.
Prediction: Mountain View 41, Skyline 21
-- Mark Heller
The state is borrowing $200 million this week to pay off the last of what it owes the federal government for providing jobless benefits to out-of-work employees. And the move should save Arizona businesses $42 on each and every worker they have.
Final scores from Week 3 of the high school football season:
There couldn’t be a more perfect game for a sophomore to get his first varsity start at quarterback.
Arizona State's high-octane offense was in high gear against Sacramento State, churning out yards and points in bunches.
It’s a lot of fun to watch the East Valley’s best go toe-to-toe throughout the season, and there will be no shortage of those heavyweight showdowns in upcoming weeks.
The lightning may have delayed the game but it did not take long for Mountain Pointe to strike against North.