A collection of some of the best East Valley high school football performances from Friday’s quarterfinals of the 2012 playoffs:
Ryan Bresnahan, Seton Catholic: The senior quarterback came off the bench and threw for 275 yards and four touchdowns to lead Seton to a comeback win over Cottonwood Mingus on Saturday. It included a 75-yard pass to Eric Probst and a 53-yarder to Daniel Garlid.
Garette Craig, Mountain Pointe: The senior halfback had 22 carries for 154 yards and a touchdown in Mountain Pointe’s 45-14 win over Desert Mountain.
Drake Danielson, Queen Creek: The senior defensive lineman had 15 total tackles (one of four Bulldogs in double figures) and a sack in the Bulldogs’ win over Phoenix Thunderbird.
Desert Ridge defense: The Jaguars were already without starting RB JJ Husar and lost QB Tarek Morrison to an apparent head injury, but led by Manny Figueroa’s late-game tackle on fourth down, the Jaguars held Westview (49 points per game average) to seven points in the victory.
Joe Duran, Desert Mountain: The linebacker combined with teammate Greg Frasco for 36 total tackles in a loss to Mountain Pointe. Duran had 21 total while Fresco had 15.
Josh Eckley, Marcos de Niza: He threw for 176 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score in a 49-36 win over Chaparral.
Paul Elvira, Marcos de Niza: The senior wide receiver had six catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns, all of which came in the second half of Marcos’ win over Chaparral.
Dominique Fenstermacher, Marcos de Niza: The junior defensive back had nine tackles and three of Marcos de Niza’s five interceptions in a win over Chaparral.
Daniel Fedorka, Desert Mountain: The junior running back had 70 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, plus a 74-yard kickoff return in a loss to Mountain Pointe.
Matt Guida, Queen Creek: The junior rushed for two touchdowns and had 170 of his 241 yards in the second half including eight consecutive carries during a game-clinching drive in the fourth quarter of Q.C.’s comeback win over Phoenix Thunderbird.
Jordin Hamilton, Chaparral: The senior had 10 receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Marcos de Niza.
Levi Hartzler, Tempe Prep: The senior running back had 146 yards rushing and two touchdowns to help Tempe Prep go back to the Div. V state semifinals with a win over Thatcher.
Mauriece Lee, Marcos de Niza: The senior running back ran for 320 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries in the Padres’ 49-36 win over Chaparral, including a 42-yard TD run on the final play of the game.
Luke O'Neill, Scottsdale Christian: The quarterback finished the afternoon 16-of-31 passing for 237 yards with two touchdown passes. He also rushed the ball 11 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Yuma Catholic.
Luke Parrish, Hamilton: The senior linebacker had a huge in hand in Hamilton’s defense forcing three Desert Vista turnovers. Parrish had an interception and blocked a punt which was returned for a touchdown in a victory.
Luke Rubenzer, Saguaro: The junior quarterback threw for 245 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 68 yards and another score in Saguaro’s loss to Desert Edge.
Brad Schencker, Chaparral: The senior quarterback threw for 263 yards and four touchdowns but fell to Marcos de Niza.
Sean Schweichler, Williams Field: The senior running back rushed for 194 yards and scored four touchdowns, including a 68-yard punt return, in a win over Peoria Liberty.
Mason Thorman, Red Mounatin: The senior quarterback capped his record-setting career at the school with 205 yards passing and a touchdown, plus a 13-yard TD run in a loss to Brophy.
Alec Waltman, Desert Mountain: The senior wideout had five catches for 108 yards and a touchdown in Desert Mountain’s loss to Mountain Pointe.
Thomas Warren, Mountain Pointe: The senior running back had 15 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown in the Pride’s win over Desert Mountain
Williams Field defense: Led by Terrance Payne’s 42-yard interception return for a TD, the Black Hawks forced four turnovers in a win over Peoria Liberty.