Finally, some good news for Phoenix Mountain Pointe.
Running back De’Andre Currie is expected back in the lineup tonight when the Pride face Glendale Mountain Ridge.
One of the top rushers in the East Valley, Currie (612 yards rushing, five touchdowns) was injured on the goal line against Scottsdale Horizon on Sept. 26.
The Pride’s offense struggled without him in falling to Horizon and then Chandler Hamilton the following week.
“He’s an emotional player with a lot of enthusiasm,” Pride coach Phil Abbadessa said. “The kids like that.”
Currie will likely split time with Devon Jones, who was brought up from junior varsity last week. Jones rushed for 225 yards against Yuma Cibola last week.
With quarterback Austin Lahr back from a hand injury, it’s as healthy as the Pride have been since late September.
Two key pieces — one from each team — are expected to suit up into tonight’s game between Scottsdale Chaparral and Scottsdale Saguaro. Firebirds tight end Tyler Williams suffered a strained medial collateral ligament against Tempe McClintock two weeks ago but will play.
Williams leads the team in receptions (24), receiving yards (462) and receiving touchdowns (five).
Sabercats defensive lineman Corey Adams missed three games earlier this year and has been limited the past two weeks with a sprained ankle and illness, but he should play.
Adams is the second-rated prospect in Arizona and led the Sabercats with 22 sacks last season.
Gilbert Mesquite lost another defensive starter last week when lineman Mote Fahina injured his knee.
The 6-foot-2, 250-pound senior will have tests this week to determine the severity of the injury. Mesquite coach Mike Reardon said it appeared to be a problem with the meniscus.
Fahina was hurt in the fourth quarter of a 24-21 win over Yuma Kofa. Maka Taufa, a linebacker and running back injured in a loss to Chandler Basha two weeks ago, had surgery to repair ligament damage in his knee and is out for the season.
Senior quarterback Blake Decker returned to practice this week after missing the last 2 1/2 games with a high ankle sprain. In his absence, junior Brad Heap passed for 361 yards and six touchdowns. Coach Tom Joseph said Thursday that Decker will return as the starter tonight in the Toros’ home game with Chandler Basha. Decker has thrown for 534 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Buffaloes will have linebacker/running back John Bautch (hand), who is second on the team with 7.3 tackles per game, and running back/defensive back Josh McDowell (knee) back for tonight’s game with No. 3 Scottsdale Coronado.
Staff writers Les Willsey, Matt Paulson and Kyle Odegard contributed to this report.