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Perhaps this is going to outdate thyself. It’s easy to live in the past and remember the olden days.
A powerful, physical running game.
Pinnacle's Brian Lewerke sprints down field as Austin Schaefer blocks for him as the play Hamilton, Friday, November 15, 2013 at Hamilton. [Jerry Burch/ Special to Tribune]
There are as many schools of thought on the whole advantage-disadvantage debate in "rematch" games as there are rematch games this week in the state tournament quarterfinals.
These matchups are inevitable. Whether sooner or later, a second helping is almost always required for a football team to play on.
Wakeup calls come in all shapes and sizes this time of year. For No.6-seeded Pinnacle, it came in the form of a 12-second deficit.
Friday night’s showdown between Horizon and Pinnacle lived up to the shootout it was billed to be. But, surprisingly, it was the Huskies’ high-octane offense that couldn't keep pace.
We all know about the Chaparral-Desert Mountain and Chaparral-Saguaro rivalry matchups in Scottsdale, but another has wedged itself into the mix, at least for this year (and hopefully beyond).
John Clark, Mountain View (pictured): 423 yards, 5 TD
Kyle Allen, Desert Mountain: 355 yards, 5 TD, rush TD
Daniel Bridge-Gadd, Paradise Valley: 354 yard, 3 TD
Brian Lewerke, Pinnacle: 304 yards, 4 TD
Dalton Sneed, Horizon: 267 yards, 2 TD, rush TD
Bryce Perkins, Chandler: 247 yards, TD, 2 rush TD
Kyle Johnson, Seton Catholic: 239 yards, 5 TD
Luke Rubenzer, Saguaro: 230 yards, 6 TD
Jeddediah Fagg, Williams Field: 227 yards, 3 TD
Antonio Hinojosa, Mountain Pointe: 199 yards, 4 TD
Zach Werlinger, Basha: 185 yards, 3 TD
Jack Johnson, Scottsdale Christian: 178 yards, 4 TD
Sam Sasso, Hamilton: 111 yards, 4 TD
Homecoming night wasn’t touted Pinnacle junior quarterback Brian Lewerke’s highlight-reel game.
Pinnacle rolled to an easy victory over Mountain Ridge on Friday night and moves up to No. 6 in the rankings. Quarterback Brian Lewerke had 304 passing yards and four touchdowns. Next week's game against Horizon will be interesting for both sides. Pinnacle's defense gave up 35 to Basha and will get another tough test against the explosive Huskies. Pinnacle's offense can score, too, so the matchup should be entertaining.
No. 6 Pinnacle at No. 3 Hamilton: This is shaping up to be this week’s honest-to-goodness toss up. Of course, that was Red Mountain vs. Highland in the first round and it turned out to be anything but a pick ‘em. Still, there’s no doubt Pinnacle can play with the Huskies, they did so in early September (and it can be argued Pinnacle should have won at Hamilton on Sept. 12). Hamilton believes it’s recent return to health and growth on offense is tangible. Pinnacle believes QB Brian Lewerke is playing significantly better than he was two months ago (Huskies coach Steve Belles raved about him back then and again this week). If Hamilton can control the ball and clock with its running game - and score touchdowns - the Huskies can keep Pinnacle’s offense off the field, which is the best bet because Cules Rose and Daniel Galindo (pictured) are big-play threats at WR as the Pioneers can score quickly. The Pioneers are capable of negating Hamilton’s offense. Expect a few tweaks, but no massive transformations from the first time around. In other words, expect something similar to the first game’s drama.
Prediction: Hamilton 24, Pinnacle 21
The Huskies dropped their second game of the year on Friday night to No. 6 Pinnacle. Horizon's offense showed it can put up points against a quality opponent, but the defense couldn't stop Pioneers standout Brian Lewerke. Despite the loss, the game was close throughout and Horizon remains at No. 7.
Emanuel Gant, Tempe: 422 yards, 4 TD
Brian Lewerke, Pinnacle: 384 yards, 5 TD
Josh Eckley, Marcos de Niza: 373 yards, 2 TD; 86 yards rushing; 2 TD
Daniel Bridge-Gadd, Paradise Valley: 367 yards, 5 TD
Chandler Fox, Chaparral: 333 yards, 3 TD
Kyle Allen, Desert Mountain: 296 yards, 4 TD
Luke Pineda, Campo Verde (pictured): 280 yards, 4 TD, TD rush
Dalton Sneed, Horizon: 260 yards, 5 TD
Russell Corriveau, Poston Butte: 243 yards, TD
John Clark, Mountain View: 242 yards, 2 TD
Brandon Haagsma, Valley Christian: 241 yards, 3 TD
Brian Woodward, Brophy: 234 yards, 4 TD
Kyle Johnson, Seton Catholic: 218 yards, 5 TD
Payton Haslam, Mesquite: 155 yards, 3 TD
Luke Rubenzer, Saguaro: 332 yards, 5 TD...
Sean Paul Brophy, Chaparral: 263 yards, TD...
Brian Woodward, Brophy: 244 yards, 2 TD...
Sam Sasso, Hamilton (pictured): 211 yards, 2 TD...
Bryce Perkins, Chandler: 203 yards, 2 TD...
Luke Pineda, Campo Verde: 176 yards, 2 TD...
Antonio Hinojosa, Mountain Pointe: 161 yards, 4 TD...
Brian Lewerke, Pinnacle: 159 yards, 2 TD...
Pinnacle couldn’t stomach another loss.
The Pioneers bounced back from consecutive losses against Hamilton and Basha to beat Mountain View, 28-25, on Friday night. Pinnacle moves up a spot in the rankings with the victory. Quarterback Brian Lewerke threw for 241 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
Zach Werlinger, Basha (pictured): 453 yards, 3 TD...
Emanuel Gant, Tempe: 451 yards, 5 TD...
John Clark, Mountain View: 329 yards, 4 TD...
Brian Lewerke, Pinnacle: 321 yards, 6 TD...
Dalton Sneed, Horizon: 299 yards, 3 TD...
Tyler Bloom, Higley: 261 yards, 2 TD...
Antonio Hinojosa, Mountain Pointe: 180 yards, 3 TD...
Basha quarterback Zach Werlinger knows it’s impossible for a football team to throw the ball 100 percent of the time on offense.
The Pioneers came close to pulling off the upset of the year against top-ranked Hamilton last Thursday. Pinnacle proved it can hang with the Division I big boys, but now it must avoid a hangover situation and rebound against a tough Basha team. The Pioneers have impressive balance this year and should be able to put up points behind running back Josh Hoekstra, quarterback Brian Lewerke and wide receiver Daniel Galindo. Basha quarterback Zach Werlinger has been very good early on (854 yards passing, 10 TD, INT), but the running game is worrisome. Tailback Rajhan Meriwether is averaging only 3.47 yards per carry, and an over-reliance on the pass increases the risk of turnovers. Basha has been an elite Division I program for several seasons, but has a couple weaknesses which need to be shored up. Pinnacle has been impressive thus far but has not been the same type of year-in, year-out contender as the Bears. This one is very hard to handicap and could certainly go either way.
Prediction: Pinnacle 35, Basha 34
-- Kyle Odegard
The Pioneers lost their first game of the season on Thursday night, but it may have been their most impressive showing. Pinnacle hung with top-ranked Hamilton from beginning to end in a 24-20 loss. Quarterback Brian Lewerke shook off a slow start to put his team ahead late in the third quarter and Josh Hoekstra ran well against an intimidating Huskies defense. Pinnacle remains at No. 6 despite the loss.
The last time Hamilton lost a home football game, George W. Bush was on the verge of being reelected as President.
Even after a quick start, Quinn may still be largely an unknown, but that will change if he continues to put up numbers like this. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound senior has carried the ball 50 times for 634 yards and 11 touchdowns — a 12.68 yards-per-carry average — and added 16 catches for 344 yards and four scores. Horizon is off to a 4-1 start and the offense is averaging 53.4 points per game. The Huskies might not be considered a state title contender quite yet, but they have the type of explosiveness which scares other teams, and it’s Quinn who is leading the charge.
Honorable mention: Paul Lucas, RB, Mountain Pointe; Kam’ron Johnson, RB/DB, Tempe; Brian Lewerke, QB, Pinnacle; Bryce Perkins, QB, Chandler; Weston Barlow, Queen Creek.