It apparently was meant merely to send a message, but the way Queen Creek’s Bulldogs opened their football game against Arcadia Friday night could prove to be costly for the Titans.
On the first play from scrimmage, Queen Creek’s entire defensive line jumped offside in unison just as Arcadia quarterback Alec McDuffie was getting under center. The Bulldogs knocked over all of the unsuspecting Titans linemen in what obviously was a way to tell the Titans they were in for a physical game.
Arcadia lineman Jack Carter got more than a message out of the action.
Carter suffered a hip flexor when he was hit on the play. He missed the rest of the game and his availability for Friday night’s contest at Tempe is questionable.
"He had a little injury to his hip before," said Arcadia coach Jim Bevell, who declined to give his opinion about Queen Creek’s tactic. "That jumping offsides, he did the splits and hurt it more. He may miss this week."
Queen Creek was penalized 5 yards for the play and went on to lose 20-10 to the 4A Division II top-ranked Titans.
That really was a football score:
No, that wasn’t a basketball game Cactus Shadows played Friday night against Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain. The Falcons really did lose 65-50.
Cactus Shadows coach Chad DeGrenier said Bradshaw Mountain stacked the line and challenged the Falcons to pass. Pass they did. Quarterback Phillip Aholt put the ball up 53 times, completing 30 passes for 501 yards and six touchdowns.
The game reminded DeGrenier of his days as a quarterback for the Rattlers in the high-scoring Arena Football League.
"Yes, I had some flashbacks," DeGrenier said.
Chandler records set: Chandler broke several single-game school records in its 51-48 doubleovertime loss to Gilbert Friday.
Wolves quarterback Kyle Hess passed for 390 yards and four touchdowns. The 390 yards surpassed the old mark of 277 set by Fernando Walker in 1967. Receiver Jim Burnett caught 11 passes for 180 yards. The 180 yards is second all-time behind the 199 yards by Pete Hernandez in 1965. The 11 receptions is a record. Kicker Darren Sweely booted a record four field goals.
Hearn resurfaces in Calif.:
Former Brophy quarterback Conor Hearn, who left the Broncos this month, has enrolled in school at Loyola High School of Los Angeles, school officials confirmed.
Hearn, who last played for the Broncos Oct. 7 in a 48-0 rout of Paradise Valley, throwing for four touchdowns, will be reunited with Loyola coach Jeff Kearin, who coached Brophy for the past two seasons before heading west to coach at his alma mater.
Hearn, whose father, Ed Hearn, is Brophy’s principal, was replaced by sophomore Bryan Berens in the Broncos’ lineup.
Tigers venture to Canada: Gilbert High’s volleyball team took a trip north last week, way north, competing in the Western Canadian Challenge, a 48-team tournament in Edmonton, Alberta. The Tigers finished third, posting a 7-1 record. Their only loss was to Rivereast Collegiate, a high school from Winnipeg.
"Our kids had fun,’’ Gilbert coach Joe Hesse said.
‘‘The experience of going there, seeing a different place, was worth it. The only game we lost was to a good team.’’
Gilbert enjoyed a fall break last week and got to spend half of it in Canada. Hesse said his team went to the tournament on a recommendation from Westwood coach Steve Crook, who took his 1999 squad to the tourney.
Gilbert, the 5A Fiesta Region regular season champion, is currently ranked No. 2 in the 5A-I power-point rankings.
Longtime coach retiring: Bob Trink has resigned as boys tennis coach at Horizon High School.
Trink has been the only coach in Horizon’s 25-year history. He won four region titles and was 5A state runner-up in 1990 and the 5A state champion in 1993. He was named region coach of the year 15 times in his career.
Trink is still teaching physical education at the school and now will be able to spend more time following his sons’ baseball careers and enjoy quality time with his family.
- Staff writer Brett Fera contributed to this report.