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Despite injuries and a slow start, Desert Ridge pulled off a 38-14 win against Mesa on Friday. To start the game Desert Ridge (7-1) took the ball from Mesa with a squib kick that the Jackrabbits couldn’t cover. The Jaguars would then get on the board on their first play with a 35-yard run by running back JJ Husar.
Another test passed with flying colors for young Desert Ridge and possibly more questions for Mountain View after only week two.
J.J. Husar had a visiting jersey on this time, but he was still right at home.
Basha's J.J. Husar carries the ball against Perry during the third quarter in Gilbert, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. [Matt Pavelek/ For the Tribune]
Jaguar J.J. Husar is tackled by Basha defender Dalton Krum in the second quarter, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.
Basha's J.J. Husar carries the ball against Perry during the third quarter on Oct. 14, 2011. The Bears have found their way again since a rough three-game stretch late in the regular season.
Basha runningback J.J. Husar, center, is sandwiched between Desert Ridge defenders Zach Davis, left, and Ruben Rodriguez, right, in the first quarter of Thursday night's football game at Desert Ridge.
Luke Rubenzer, Saguaro: The sophomore quarterback carried the Sabercats to a last-second victory against Phoenix Thunderbird, racking up 457 yards of total offense and five touchdowns in a 43-39 come-from-behind victory. Rubenzer finished 22-of-27 for 306 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 151 yards and two touchdowns. He also played safety for Saguaro the entire second half.
Tempe schools (Tempe High and Tempe Prep) have been the only two tests for Seton Catholic most of this season, including last week’s easy win over Chinle in the first round.
Thrust into a starring role in the first round of the playoffs, sophomore Rajhan Meriwether more than performed.
Desert Ridge wide receiver Manny Figueroa was sidelined on Friday night against Red Mountain after getting ejected from last week’s game against Skyline.
It was almost enough to forget the triple-threat offense of the last two seasons. Okay, it’s just one game but sophomore Tarek Morrison did his best to help put behind the memory of Jordan Becerra, Joey Counts and Parker Rasmussen.
A collection of the top individual performances from Week 6 in the East Valley:
Red Mountain at Desert Ridge
Anthony Hovorka understands the doubters.
Let’s review what’s happened, shall we?
Nobody wants to look at the bright side after a loss; that’s especially true after one that keeps a relatively-young program from reaching its first state championship game.
Uh oh. Now Hamilton's offense is rolling, too.
Here are some of the East Valley's best performances from Week 6:
Here's a look at some of the best East Valley performances from Week 5:
Hamilton vs. Desert Ridge
With Hamilton, Brophy and Peoria Centennial still alive in the postseason, there are plenty of powerhouse programs aiming for yet another state title.
Chaparral at Marcos de Niza