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VX Game of Week: Queen Creek at Williams Field

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Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 5:23 pm | Updated: 5:34 pm, Thu Oct 27, 2011.

Queen Creek and Williams Field split the title as the best Class 4A team from the Southeast Valley last year.

The Bulldogs went 10-3 and made the 4A Division I semifinals before getting knocked off by eventual-champion Saguaro.

The Black Hawks went 13-1 and lost to Phoenix Thunderbird in overtime of the 4A-II championship game.

This year, the teams have been just as effective, but one will stand alone after a showdown on Friday with both bragging rights and power point implications.

Queen Creek is currently fourth in the Division III power point standings and Williams Field is sixth. If the Bulldogs win, it would allow them to host two first round playoff games. If the Black Hawks win and Glendale Cactus loses, they would likely jump into the top-4 and get home field advantage in the first two rounds.

"It's a great test," Queen Creek coach Joe Germaine said. "It should be fun."

Williams Field is battling injuries heading into this one. Wide receiver Sean Schweichler (knee), wide receiver Cole Forsgren (shoulder) and linebacker Skyler Wengert (shoulder) are all questionable for the game.

If Schweichler and Forsgren can't play, it puts even more onus on Williams Field's running game. The Black Hawks have amassed 3,094 yards rushing compared to 977 through the air this season.

The team's star is running back Alex Howard (106 carries for 1,537 yards with an East Valley-best 14.5 yards per carry). He had 27 carries for 312 yards and four touchdowns last week in a win over Poston Butte with Schweichler, the team's second-leading rusher, looking on from the sidelines.

"He's just a great, great player," Germaine said. "When he gets out into the open field, people aren't going to catch him. We have to limit his big plays."

Queen Creek's biggest strength is its defense, which has two shutouts on the season and is allowing only 11.4 points per contest.

"They're just a very disciplined football team," Williams Field coach Steve Campbell said. "They play a style of defense that makes you put a drive together to beat them."

Campbell said he usually doesn't mind having a tough test in the season finale, because it replicates a playoff-like atmosphere. With the amount of injuries on his team, though, he could have lived with an easier game to get guys healthy.

But he knows how much these teams are looking forward to this game. The winner of this contest will be in the discussion as one of the few teams with a conceivable shot to knock off Saguaro in the Division III postseason.

"The big games are always fun," Campbell said. "That's why the kids put all the hard work in. It's not for the blowouts."

 

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