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GLENDALE – Norris Vaughan was engulfed into the sea of black.
Mountain Pointe had a purpose when it got off the bus in Las Vegas three months ago.
TUCSON — In the (shortened) week leading up to the Division III state finals, Queen Creek's players and coaches spoke at length about needing to avoid getting in a shootout with Saguaro if the Bulldogs wanted to repeat as champions.
Hamilton coach Steve Belles took the playoff mantra "win or go home" and applied it to one play Monday night.
This Division III semifinal football game was not just about Luke Rubenzer.
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.
After all the grinding on the line and more than 700 yards of offense, it all came down to a fourth-and-5.
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.
PASADENA, Calif. —
Two guys who wore No. 40 jerseys saw each other face-to-face about 40 times on Saturday night.
Desert Ridge will go as far in the Division I playoffs as tailback Taren Morrison will carry them.
It appeared recent history would repeat itself when Mesquite ran off to a 17-0 lead against Campo Verde after the end of the first 24 minutes in the quarterfinal matchup of Friday night. Unfortunately for Mesquite, Campo Verde didn’t stay down this time, and came close to pulling off the comeback and the upset before ultimately ceding to the home team, 26-20.
A powerful, physical running game.
Chaparral may have racked up 421 yards of total offense, but the real story came on the defensive side of the ball for the No. 3 Firebirds, recording eight sacks in a 35-21 victory over No. 6 Marcos de Niza in the quarterfinals of the Division II playoffs Friday night.
Most teams would savor a victory in the state quarterfinals, but Scottsdale Saguaro was already thinking ahead to next week immediately after a 48-20 home win over Tucson Sabino in the Division III playoffs Friday night.
Chandler could do no wrong in the first half Friday night.
For a half, Williams Field did not look like the No. 1 seed in Division III.
Queen Creek handed visiting Peoria its first loss of the year to advance to the Division III semifinals in a convincing 42-14 score which was not entirely representative of how lopsided the game unfolded.
YUMA - The No. 14 San Tan Foothills football team was right with No. 3 Yuma Catholic for a quarter.
The last time Tempe Prep lost was a shutout to Phoenix Northwest Christian in Week 3.
Behind quarterback Emanual Gant, No. 10 Tempe nearly overcame a 21-point first quarter deficit versus host No. 7 Sabino, but Sabercats' running back Zach Joseph's fifth touchdown run late proved to be too much as Sabino defeated the pesky Buffaloes, 56-49, in the opening round of the Division III State football playoffs.
The order of business for Mountain Pointe wasn’t much different than the previous weeks.
Of the top four seeded teams in the Division I playoff bracket, it looked like No. 4 Desert Ridge might have the toughest first-round assignment in facing No. 13 Desert Mountain.
No. 7 Campo Verde survived a scare from No. 10 Tucson Sahuaro in the first round of the Division II playoffs on Friday night, a 34-21 Coyotes' victory in a game much closer than the final score might indicate.
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.