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As the saying goes, Jimmies and Joes trump X’s and O’s.
Maybe it was the bagpipes, or all of the technical practice leading up to the state meet.
To compensate for a lack of change at the top of the boys basketball landscape as the 2012-2013 season begins, the girls basketball world might pick up the slack.
GLENDALE – Norris Vaughan was engulfed into the sea of black.
Since he began his professional career on “Saturday Night Live” in 1990, the perpetually sarcastic David Spade has rarely left the small screen, appearing in shows like “Just Shoot Me!” “8 Simple Rules” and “Rules of Engagement.”
It’s 2012 all over again. Through last-second football bracket seeding shifts, a downpour or two and three extra days of waiting, the 2013 football season will end as last season did:
This Division III semifinal football game was not just about Luke Rubenzer.
After all the grinding on the line and more than 700 yards of offense, it all came down to a fourth-and-5.
The 2013 Highland Thanksgiving girls basketball tournament begins this week (Nov. 25-27, 29-30) at Highland and Mesquite high schools in Gilbert.
Of all things which can impact a football game's outcome, Mother Nature often isn't on the list in this part of Arizona, but it could be a significant factor this weekend.
Perhaps this is going to outdate thyself. It’s easy to live in the past and remember the olden days.
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.
In what was some pretty good foreshadowing, Saguaro quarterback Luke Rubenzer’s fourth varsity pass completion of his high school career was a touchdown. It was mop-up duty in the 2010 playoff quarterfinals against Peoria Bradshaw Mountain.
Survive and advance is a popular mantra adopted this time of year — and for good reason.
Well, that was interesting.
Division I, Section I
A neighborhood rivalry which could have been one of the better showcases in Higley-vs.-Williams Field’s brief history might lose some of its luster.
Won or done?
A 28-point third quarter looked a little more like the Scottsdale Saguaro football team people were used to.
Taren Morrison, Desert Ridge: 315 yards rushing, 2 TD; 99-yard KO return for TD
Austin Carver, Gilbert: 3 FG (20, 44, 52)
Luke Rubenzer, Saguaro: 357 yards passing, 3 TD, 2 2-pt. conversions; 151 yards rushing, 3 TD
Ricky Wilson, San Tan Foothills: 161 yards rushing, 2 TD; 14 tackles, 4 TFL, sack, INT
Bryce Perkins, Chandler: 180 yards passing, 3 TD; 91 yards rushing, TD
Chandler defense (pictured): 5 sacks, 2 INT
Morris Kroma, Hamilton: 77-yard punt return for TD
Tyler Townsley, Pinnacle: 78-yard KO return for TD
Grant Thompson, Highland: 9 tackles, 4 TFT, sack, 3 FF, fumble recovery
Juan Giraldo, Mesquite: 80-yard KO return for TD
Elijah Castro, Chaparral: 45 yards rushing, TD; 94 yards receiving, 2 TD
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).
There is a saying that, no matter how it is accomplished, a win is a win.
It’s time to find out much more about Higley’s position as the playoffs approach, with this matchup followed by Williams Field next week to end the regular season. The Knights have a legitimate shot in a shootout with RB Ricky Marshall and sophomore QB Tyler Bloom, and this one could be along those lines. The problem is trying to stop Saguaro, something Williams Field and Queen Creek couldn’t do early on, did for stretches in their respective games, but couldn’t in the end. That’s a problem given Higley’s struggles defensively in periods this season, and because QC and Williams Field have pushed around Higley when those schools have played one another. This is easily a better Higley team than any in the past few years, and the Knights now know where they stand with eight games counting after losing their two-game appeal of an ineligible player from early in the season. But neither Williams Field nor QC’s defense could stop Luke Rubenzer, Christian Kirk and J.T. Nettleton.
Prediction: Saguaro 42, Higley 28
-- Mark Heller
10. Higley 5-2...
9. Shadow Ridge 7-2...
8. Tempe 8-1...
7. Canyon del Oro 8-1...
6. Sabino 7-2...
5. Peoria 9-0...
Shadow Ridge falls from No. 5 to No. 9 after its blowout loss to Williams Field (the toughest team Shadow Ridge will play), while Higley falls one spot to No. 10 after its loss to Saguaro. The Knights face neighborhood-rival Williams Field this Friday.