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Arizona State turned the Territorial Cup into a runaway.
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.
No. 6 River Valley vs. No. 2 Seton Catholic (Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. at North Canyon H.S.): So much for the theory that Seton Catholic wouldn’t be good enough to contend and potentially repeat as Div. IV state champions after the mass graduations from the 2012 title team. The Sentinels sustained their share of injuries, but a team coach Rex Bowser thought might have been a year away has gradually (though not easily) improved and learned to play at a varsity level. The Sentinels are coming off a tense quarterfinals win against Winslow, in which the defense hung on late even after allowing 315 yards rushing and three touchdowns to bulldozing RB Kelly Wood. River Valley knocked off Snowflake, 28-14 (it was the closest game River Valley has played in since Week 3), so the Sentinels won’t get another crack at Snowflake after Seton lost to them, 28-23, at home in mid-September during a penalty-marred affair. River Valley is a bit of an unknown coming from the Mohave Valley, but they’re good and have been almost all season (its only loss was 21-17 to Div. V powerhouse Yuma Catholic). The question of course, when facing Seton Catholic, is whether a team can stop the Sentinels’ spread-you-out offense. Conversely, Seton is going to get another dose of ground-and-pound with River Valley RB Brandon Long (212 yards last week vs. Snowflake). The Sentinels are extremely small in size defensively (their biggest player is 185 pounds), so they’ll have to be quicker and better tacklers than last week. Stopping Seton, however, could be the bigger problem for River Valley.
Prediction: Seton Catholic 24, River Valley 20
If Mesa was supposed to be intimidated by the bigger, talented No. 2 seed, the Jackrabbits didn’t show it.
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).
Can we find some kind of answer(s) and explanations behind this ridiculous amount of injuries this football season?
Football is — among so many things — a game of attrition, which explains why many schools struggle either suddenly or gradually. That’s happening everywhere around East Valley football programs these days, seemingly with more frequency than ever (at least it feels that way).
Higley bounced back from their only loss of the season to Queen Creek last week with a 52-7 rout over Phoenix South Mountain on Friday.
Junior quarterback Bryce Perkins completed 8 of 9 passes for 149 yards and a career-high five touchdowns to lead Chandler past Laveen Cesar Chavez, 41-21, on Friday night.
Sometimes it only takes one type of play.
This Hamilton-Mountain Pointe thingy next Friday night is a big game.
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.
With a turkey basting and surrounded by family, the 16-second, 60-yard drive invented by Poston Butte’s Brandon Hatfield to close the first half will hardly be what Broncos coach Mike De La Torre will remember about coaching against his father's Dobson squad. Rather, it will likely be the way they shook hands and embraced after the 19-8 win.
Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell said last weekhe did not want to see the same Taylor Kelly this season that he saw in 2012. He needed a new and improved version.
Chaparral football coach Dave Huffine doesn’t believe the season opener is the ideal time for a rivalry game.
Money spent on policy, but not necessarily on enforcement
NEW YORK — In these hyper-connected, over-shared times dwell two kinds of people: those preoccupied with taking and uploading photos of themselves and those who have never heard of the selfie.
The soft underbelly of a lot of volleyball teams is right in the middle of the net.
Outlooks for the Divisions I and II baseball state tournaments
On the second floor of a back building on the campus of Chandler High School, wires, metal and ingenious student planning come together to make an inanimate object come to life.
Since 1986, the Scripps Celebrity Super Bowl Poll has been asking big names in entertainment, news, sports and pop culture to predict the outcome of the big game. This year, more than 115 celebrities picked between the San Francisco 49ers, led by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and the Baltimore Ravens, featuring linebacker Ray Lewis.
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Trevor Neider knew he was up against it.
A Division IV football coach who saw Seton Catholic and Blue Ridge both in person and on film breaks down Friday night's state championship game at NAU Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff.
Predictions for the Division I, III and IV football championship games: