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Posted: Sunday, December 12, 2010 3:48 pm | Updated: 3:28 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.


No. 1 Hamilton vs. No. 10 Desert Ridge

When: 4 p.m. Monday

Where: University of Phoenix Stadium

TV/Radio/Internet: Fox Sports Arizona/KDUS (1060 AM)/aia365.com

Records: Hamilton 14-0; Desert Ridge 10-3

Last meeting: Hamilton 45, Desert Ridge 7 (Oct. 2006)

Tickets: $10 for adults, $6 for students and younger (with I.D.), Free for kids ages 5 and under


Hamilton offense

WR — Nic Henson

LT — Tyler Johnstone

LG — John Archuleta

C — Nic Cosenza

RG — Steven Oliver

RT — Christian Westerman Jr.

TE — Jake Andrews

QB — Kyren Poe

RB — Kendyl Taylor

RB — Jai Johnson

WR — Tanner Clay

Hamilton defense

DE — Shaq Jenkins

DT — Tyler Lippert

DT — Tibyus Medley

DE — Wes Standifird

LB — Tucker Dunn

LB — Mike Liebrock

LB — Tyler Rutt

CB — Cedric Parker

SS — Reggie Daniels

FS — Malcolm Holland

CB — Bobby Milus

Hamilton special teams

K — Michael Markette

P — Kendyl Taylor

KR — Kendyl Taylor/Malcolm Holland

PR — Malcolm Holland

Hamilton season stats

Name     Comp Att   Yds TD INT

Kyren Poe 117 180 1,821 14   4

Name             Att  Yds  Avg   TD

Kyren Poe      129 719    5.6   12

Jai Johnson    113 822   7.3   13

Kendyl Taylor   66  681 10.3    8

Name              Rec Yds   Avg   TD

Tanner Clay      51 1,091  21.4   9

Kendyl Taylor    44  679   15.4    5

Nic Henson       20  191    9.6     1


Desert Ridge offense

WR — Paris Clark

LT — Dallas Doane

LG — Nick Allen

C — Taylor Aungst

RG — Nathan Burch

RT — Alex Barrett

WR — Ruben Rodriguez

QB — Jordan Becerra

RB — Joey Counts

WR — Sam Papa

WR — Austin Herrera

Desert Ridge defense

DE — Damani Mosby

DT — Alex Barrett

DT — Kevin Yamada

DE — Jake Watts

LB — Ryan Hathcock

LB — Sam Papa

LB — Jason Wiggins

CB — Paris Clark

SS — Ruben Rodriguez

FS — Anthony Hovorka

CB — Jordan Becerra

Desert Ridge special teams

K — Danny Berzins

P — Keaton Cenatiempo

KR — Jordan Becerra

PR — Anthony Hvorka

Desert Ridge season stats

Name                    Comp    Att     Yds  TD   INT

Parker Rasmussen   75      121  1,225  12     4

Jordan Becerra         22        52     314   3      1

Name                  Att    Yds     Avg    TD

Joey Counts        156   1,205   7.7     19

Jordan Becerra    132    992     7.5    12

Kevin Walters        24     209    8.7     2

Name                   Rec Yds    Avg    TD

Jordan Becerra     32     464   14.5     0

Paris Clark            24     552    23.0    8

Sam Papa            17      343    20.2    6

Three things to watch

Hamilton’s defensive ends: In Desert Ridge’s offense, quarterback Jordan Becerra has the choice to hand the ball off to running back Joey Counts or keep it himself. This decision is helped made by the opposing defensive ends, who have to commit to one player or the other. Against undisciplined teams, Desert Ridge ran wild. If Hamilton’s players make the right decisions and bottle up the run game, the Jaguars have almost no chance of winning. However, if Hamilton has trouble with the read-option, the Jaguars will be able to move the ball on the ground.

Sam Papa: Desert Ridge may not have many players on defense that can match up with Hamilton’s potent offense, but Papa is one of them. The senior linebacker will be counted on heavily to make plays in the run game. Last season, Marcos de Niza linebacker Ramon Abreu was the catalyst in the team’s shocking upset of Centennial in the 5A-II semifinals. Papa will need to have a similar impact for Desert Ridge.

Hamilton’s offensive line: The Huskies’ starters average 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds across the board, more than two inches and nearly 45 pounds more than Desert Ridge’s defensive linemen. Hamilton’s rushing game is averaging more than seven yards per carry this season, and these players are the reason why. Whether it is blitzing, stunts, or sheer determination, Desert Ridge needs to find some way to get a presence in Hamilton’s backfield. Judging by the height and weight discepancies, it is much easier said than done.

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[Stats Courtesy of MaxPreps]