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  • Campo Verde rally falls short against Salpointe Catholic

    For a half at least, it looked as though Salpointe Catholic might run away with one against Campo Verde, but the Coyotes would not go quietly.Campo Verde launched a valiant comeback attempt against the Lancers before ultimately falling short 34-27 on Friday night.Salpointe Catholic jumped out to a 20-7 lead halfway through the second quarter when quarterback Sammy Muniz found wide receiver D.J. Hinton for a 78 yard score. Before the end of the half, Campo Verde would drew to 20-13 when defensive back Chip Hixon returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown.Quarterback Dylan Wright struggled through the first half, finishing 5-of-16 for 50 yards and a touchdown and interception apiece. He was replaced by quarterback Cole Pineda in the second half.“That was the plan coming in. Dylan the first half, Cole with the second,” said Coach Max Ragsdale.The Lancers scored again on an eight-yard run from Powell in the third quarter to give the Lancers a 27-13 lead.

  • Mountain View comes back to beat Perry in strange, ugly game

    After losing each of its first three games – the first such streak for the program in more than a decade – Mountain View was desperate for a win, and the Toros didn't care how they got it.Ugly, unconventional, gift-wrapped, it did not matter.Mountain View's 16-14 victory Friday night over host Perry was all of those, as well as a come-from-behind win."We'll take it," Mountain View coach Chad DeGrenier said. "Sometimes getting the first victory is tough."The ugly: The Toros averaged just 3.3 yards per carry and threw for fewer than 100 yards; the two teams combined for 140 yards in the first half.The unconventional: All of Mountain View's points came from its special teams; Kyle Stotler had a 60-yard punt return and Dylan Waters kicked three field goals and an extra point.

  • GameNight: Mountain Pointe sets rushing record, holds off Chandler

    Paul Lucas has always been told it looks effortless when he runs.There’s a couple of Chandler defenders who might disagree after the show Lucas – along with his counterpart Brandyn Leonard and the offensive line – put on Friday night, including the most important 4-yards of a wild 45-42 win over Chandler at Karl Kiefer Stadium.While Lucas certainly looked to be running effortlessly at times while piling up 286 of the school-record 542 yards, with a vital first down needed late in the game inside the Chandler 35 the senior running back dipped his shoulder, lowered his head and split two defenders in place to make the stop to get the 4 yards on 4th down and 3 from the 34.“Coach Vaughan is always on me about running outside, or going out of bounds,” Lucas said. “I wanted to show everyone I could run between the tackles, too. We needed to get some tough yards and I got it.”It gave the Pride (5-0) a fresh set of downs and nearly allowed them to run out the clock, but Chandler took over on its own 9 with 14 seconds left.The Wolves (3-1) got 15 yards on the first down, spiked it, threw an incomplete to leave with 0.07 seconds left. Quarterback Bryce Perkins (83 yards rushing, 194 yards passing with four touchdowns) took off on a quarterback draw but was corralled to give Mountain Pointe its 19th straight win and cemented their place as the top team in Arizona.

  • GameNight: Mountain Pointe sets rushing record, holds off Chandler

    Paul Lucas has always been told it looks effortless when he runs.There’s a couple of Chandler defenders who might disagree after the show Lucas – along with his counterpart Brandyn Leonard and the offensive line – put on Friday night, including the most important 4-yards of a wild 45-42 win over Chandler at Karl Kiefer Stadium.While Lucas certainly looked to be running effortlessly at times while piling up 286 of the school-record 542 yards, with a vital first down needed late in the game inside the Chandler 35 the senior running back dipped his shoulder, lowered his head and split two defenders in place to make the stop to get the 4 yards on 4th down and 3 from the 34.“Coach Vaughan is always on me about running outside, or going out of bounds,” Lucas said. “I wanted to show everyone I could run between the tackles, too. We needed to get some tough yards and I got it.”It gave the Pride (5-0) a fresh set of downs and nearly allowed them to run out the clock, but Chandler took over on its own 9 with 14 seconds left.The Wolves (3-1) got 15 yards on the first down, spiked it, threw an incomplete to leave with 0.07 seconds left. Quarterback Bryce Perkins (83 yards rushing, 194 yards passing with four touchdowns) took off on a quarterback draw but was corralled to give Mountain Pointe its 19th straight win and cemented their place as the top team in Arizona.

  • Turnovers, penalties doom Mesa in 35-19 loss

    Mesa senior halfback Turrell Pietz-Noble ran all over the field against Valley Vista, but it wasn’t enough for the Jackrabbits to avoid a 35-19 home loss on Friday night.Mesa turned the ball over four times, including on three consecutive drives in the second half. Pietz-Noble fumbled twice, and senior quarterback Jacob Ray threw a pick six was Mesa drove to pull within one score to put the game out of reach.“We’ve just made too many mistakes … We’re probably 85 percent good and 15 percent where we need to make some corrections. Unfortunately, they just seem to find the 15 percent on a regular basis. We’ve had 12 turnovers in three games. That’s tough,” said Mesa Head Coach Scott Hare.Pietz-Noble ran for an impressive 223 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries. He eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark in each half and the Jackrabbits relied heavily on his legs throughout the game as Ray struggled throwing the ball.Akil Abdullah led the Monsoon in every aspect on offense. The junior quarterback ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns while airing out 120 yards and another score.Valley Vista improved to 4-0, with two of those wins coming against East Valley schools. Abdullah believes the team has a chip on their shoulder because their side of town doesn’t get enough respect.

  • Campanella, Seton run over Cortez 55-0

    Seton Catholic senior running back Antonio Campanella only needed to touch the ball twice for Seton to capture a 55-0 victory over Cortez.Seton had the ball on its own 38-yard line on two separate plays in the first half. Campanella caught a pitch and took it for a 62-yard touchdown both times.“That’s what we’re looking for on any play obviously and the big boys up front help me get there every time,” Campanella said.Campanella’s touchdowns were part of a plethora of scoring from the Seton offense in the rout where Cortez looked outmatched from the opening snap.Seton coach Rex Bowser runs a pass-first, spread offense, which means he has to make the most out of the touches he receives as he did on Friday. He finished with 181 yards and three rushing touchdowns on only seven carries .While the offense might be focused on moving the ball through the air, it presents Campanella with unique opportunities he can take advantage of on the ground.

Football rankings

Last Updated: Sept. 15, 2014 | Compiled by Tribune

# Division I, II, III
1. Mountain Pointe 4-0
2. Chandler (3-0)
3. Hamilton (3-0)
4. Basha (3-0)
5. Desert Ridge (3-0)
6. Queen Creek (3-0)
7. Westwood (3-0)
8. Higley (3-0)
9. Tempe (3-0)
10. Campo Verde (3-1)

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