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Horizon was simply faster Thursday night.
Scoreboards are shorting out. Schools are running out of replacement light bulbs. Stat keepers and scoreboard operators are getting carpal tunnel and blurred vision trying to watch and write seemingly every two seconds while the big board changes seemingly every two minutes.
Phoenix North Canyon and Paradise Valley are separated by less than four miles, yet the two neighboring schools haven’t played one another since 2006.
Outlook: Coach Donnie Yantis knew he would have to replace Boise State-bound quarterback Ryan Finley (3,442 yards, 35 TD, 8 INT) after last year’s football season, but wasn’t counting on a switch this summer, too. Senior starter-to-be Trent Gavelek gave up the sport in June, which means sophomore Daniel Bridge-Gadd will be given the reins to the team’s offense. Despite the sudden uptick in responsibility, Yantis said Bridge-Gadd is handling the transition well.
The newly-created, unbalanced football divisions could necessitate a change in the number of playoff qualifiers for the 2013-2015 scheduling block.
This time, the hare won.
Tempe quarterback Emanuel Gant, threw for five touchdowns and ran for another Friday to help the Buffaloes defeat visiting Arcadia, 49-39 in a Division III football shootout.
It's strange to say a game with more than 100 total points turned on a defensive play.
In today’s high school football scene, “P” is for pressure — mostly to win — but it’s also for “Patience.” Our insta-everything world appears to still have a spot or two saved for schools who stuck by their coaches’ philosophies through troubled times, and it’s helped the 2012 season become a success.
Paradise Valley didn’t wait long to announce its presence as a contender for the 2012 Division III crown.
A lot of interesting tidbits - and some fireworks - came out of Monday's monthly AIA Executive Board meeting.
Paradise Valley Trojans
In a game that featured 13 touchdowns and 1,235 yards of total offense, the game between Paradise Valley and Cactus Shadows was decided by a defensive play.
This is supposed to be the tense time of year in high school football. Two weeks left in the regular season, and, with a new scheduling and playoff structure, all the ecstasy and agony of trying to decipher who is going to make it. Who's going to move up or down? Who's going to fall on its face?
A defense which bends but does not break usually finds ways to win.
Thanks in-part to the new scheduling system and playoff venue conflicts, being on the brink of October now means we’re 50 percent through the regular season.
It will be this season's ultimate what-if game.
Paradise Valley couldn’t make up this ending.
An early look at what to watch in Division III this season:
Maybe it was because his own house is short on healthy bodies this month. Maybe he hasn’t had time to learn about the rest of his newly-aligned neighbors. Maybe he simply doesn’t care.
Paradise Valley Trojans
Around an inner-city school overflowing with economic strife, and daily personal and familial struggles, summer football camp was a precious light in the middle of an otherwise dark tunnel.