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Survive and advance is a popular mantra adopted this time of year — and for good reason.
As Basha amassed nearly unfathomable yardage totals Friday night, the one thing looming over the Bears, threatening to cast for naught nearly 700 yards of offense, was a missed extra point midway through the second quarter.
Horizon's Dalton Sneed thre four of his six touchdowns passes in the second quarter to help the Huskies pull away from visiting Sandra Day O' Connor for a 47-35 win.
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).
Francisco Avitia, Skyline (pictured): 329 yards, 6 TD
Luke Quinn, Horizon: 188 yards, 3 TD
Kam’Ron Johnson, Tempe: 187 yards, TD
Paul Perry, Mesquite: 175 yards, 4 TD
Weston Barlow, Queen Creek: 165 yards, TD
Zech Gatling, Scottsdale Christian: 163 yards, TD
Truman Tucker, Skyline: 159 yards
Turrell Pietz-Noble, Mesa: 152 yards, 2 TD
Ricky Marshall, Higley: 131 yards, TD
Rajhan Meriwether, Basha: 123 yards
Elijah Castro, Chaparral: 119 yards, 3 TD
Ethan Johnson, Westwood: 118 yards, TD
Deion Warren, Desert Mountain: 100 yards
Luke Quinn and Dalton Sneed combined to score six touchdowns for Horizon as the Huskies racked up nearly 300 yards rushing to run past Boulder Creek, 48-24.
Horizon running back Luke Quinn scored five touchdowns, while teammate Dalton Sneed threw for four scores, as the visiting Huskies dismantled North Canyon, 63-6.
This is pretty much the determinant of the Division I, Section V winner, but for Horizon, it’s also a big boost in competition, perhaps the best since a Week 1 matchup against Marcos de Niza (Horizon beat up Desert Mountain in late September, but the Wolves were missing a half-dozen starters that night from injuries, so it’s an impressive win for sure but didn’t offer a thorough assessment of Horizon). Pinnacle’s defense will be the best Horizon has seen this year, but will that matter? The Huskies have exploded offensively all season behind Player of the Year candidates Luke Quinn and Dalton Snead. Neither side is particularly big up front (offensive or defensive lines), so that could become a factor one way or another. Pinnacle will try and run the ball with Josh Hoekstra to do its best to keep Horizon’s offense off the field, and Horizon wants to “motor” with no huddles, quick-developing plays and many of them to keep Pinnacle’s defense on the field and force the Pioneers into being “perfect” score for score. Shootout anyone?
Prediction: Horizon 41, Pinnacle 34
-- Mark Heller
In football, one play can change momentum and that certainly happened in Horizon's football game at Glendale Mountain Ridge Friday night.
The Hamilton football team was beat up physically heading into Friday night’s showdown against Mountain Pointe, as several key players sat out with injuries.
Doc O’Connor, Basha: 109 yards receiving; 80-yard TD pass
Paul Lucas, Mountain Pointe: 143 yards rushing, TD; 96-yard KO return
Luke Quinn, Horizon: 185 yards rushing; 127 yards receiving, 4 TD
Grant Gale, Highland: 12 tackles, sack; 66 yards rushing, TD
Elijah Jeffcoat, Williams Field: Blocked punt for TD
Christian Kirk, Saguaro: 96 yards receiving, 3 TD; rush TD; punt return for TD
Noah Miller, Highland: 3-for-3 PAT, 2 FG, game-winning 21-yarder
Jameson Baker, Dobson: 22 total tackles
Michael Kemmerer, Queen Creek: 32-yard TD rec.; 80-yard INT return for TD
A.J. Greathouse, Hamilton: 30-yard INT return for TD
Luke Rubenzer, Saguaro: 190 yards passing, 3 TD; 150 rushing, TD
D.J. Bex, Westwood: 59 yard INT return for TD
Skyline defense: 5 INT, blocked punt
The Horizon football team came out quicker than Nala, its two-year old Siberian Husky mascot which leads the team out of the tunnel to start the first and second halves.
This Hamilton-Mountain Pointe thingy next Friday night is a big game.
Horizon was simply faster Thursday night.
Senior running back Luke Quinn had 11 carries for 79 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, putting the lid on one of the uglier high school football contests one could watch as Horizon went on to defeat Millennium 34-14 on Thursday night.
Horizon running back Luke Quinn grabs the jersey of his lead blocker as he gains yards during the game agains Corona del Sol, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. [Brant Clinard/ Special to Tribune]
The Huskies join the rankings for the first time after an impressive showing against Paradise Valley on Thursday. The team set a school record for points in the 73-28 victory as Luke Quinn scored six touchdowns. Horizon's only loss this season was in the season opener against Marcos de Niza by a field goal. It has a big game this week against Desert Mountain.
Luke Quinn, Horizon (pictured): 153 rush yards; 133 rec. yards; 6 TD...
Chip White, Highland: 75-yard INT return TD...
Jason King, Desert Vista: 50 rec. yards, TD; INT...
Erik Fritz, Higley: Game-winning 22-yard FG with 15 seconds left...
Jordan Robinson, Mesquite: 40-yard INT return TD; rec. TD...
Brett Adams, Saguaro: 2 rec. TD; 2 INT; INT return TD...
Cade Thompson, Basha: 24- and 43-yard FG; 4-for-4 on PAT...
Mitchell Fraboni, Mountain Pointe: Two blocked punts.
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.
Tough call here with both Quinna and QB Dalton Sneed being the center of Horizon’s terrific season, an 8-3 record and playoff appearance under new coach Kris Heavner in which the Huskies became arguably the most dangerous offense in Div. I. Quinn’s abilities and versatility quickly became tough to match (or matchup with). Using a combination of shiftiness, agility and speed in Heavner’s video-game-esque offense, Quinn’s 1,131 yards and 20 touchdowns rushing (10 yards per carry) were complimented with 49 rec. for 772 yards and nine TDs receiving. He wasn’t done: 99 tackles and six interceptions and 10 passes defended on defense. The Huskies are on the verge of running out of places to put him on the field, but if they find more, it’s a good bet he’ll thrive.
Horizon continued to impress on Friday night, cruising past Desert Mountain behind another offensive explosion. Quarterback Dalton Sneed and running back Luke Quinn are putting up huge numbers every week and it's fair to wonder just how good this team can be. The Huskies jump up two more spots in the rankings to No. 8.
Horizon did not get off to a good start and thus found itself in a close game going into halftime against Corona del Sol. In the second half, the Huskies (1-1) found a formula they liked and used it to blow out the Aztecs (0-2) 44-25 on Friday.
Taren Morrison, Desert Ridge: 283 yards, 3 TD...
Luke Quinn, Horizon: 187 yards, 3 TD...
Ryan Velez, Brophy: 185 yards, 2 TD...
Josh Hoekstra, Pinnacle: 179 yards, 2 TD...
Tyler Whiley, Chaparral (pictured): 173 yards, TD (3 rec. TD)...
Rajhan Meriwether, Basha: 152 yards, 3 TD...
Antonio Campanella, Seton Catholic: 138 yards, 4 TD...
Isaiah Brittain, Tempe Prep: 121 yards, 2 TD
Wesley Payne, Mountain Pointe: 113 yards, 2 TD
Justin Irby, Desert Ridge: 101 yards, 2 TD
Mason Johnson, Higley: 91 yards, 2 TD
Sometimes a shift is so gradual, its effect isn’t realized until an event forces retrospection.