Host and No. 6-seed Tempe Prep beat No. 11 Williams, 20-13, in the first round of the 2A football playoffs on Friday night.
Knights cornerback Nathan Hiser knocked down two passes in the end zone in the final minute, including a fourth-down pass with 42 seconds left to secure the win for Tempe Prep.
On its last possession, Williams drove the ball 50 yards and had 1st-and-10 at the 12 with barely a minute left. After a run on first down took the ball to the 11, the Vikings threw three straight incompletions and lost the ball on downs.
Max Wiese rushed for two touchdowns for the Knights (9-2). Tempe Prep will play No. 14 Thatcher - which upset No. 3 Wilcox 41-28 - next Saturday at 6 p.m. at a site to be determined.
Highland 23, Corona del Sol 14: Visiting Highland finished the season with a 5A Division I Central Region win. The Hawks finished the season at 4-6, 2-4, led by Hayden Haviland and Carter Bailey. The pair hooked up for the first Hawks touchdown of the game on a 29-yard pitch-and-catch. Haviland threw two more touchdowns of 10 yards to Tyler Hatch and 15 yards to Colten Oliver. Bailey also had two interceptions. Corona del Sol took an early 7-0 lead on a 6-yard touchdown pass by Evan Kinney to Rashaad Armstrong. Highland followed with the three Haviland touchdown passes and held on. Kinney threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Dominic Mercurio in the fourth quarter.
Brophy 63, Yuma 22: Brophy finished the regular season with a big win over Yuma in Yuma to stay in the playoff bracket. The Broncos led 49-14 at halftime and the game was essentially over. Devon Allen caught a 65-yard touchdown pass from Greg Wirth in the first quarter and D'amani Grayer ran for a 38-yard touchdown as part of a 28-point first quarter. Marche Dennard rushed for two touchdowns on the night as Brophy finished the regular season 5-5 and earned the No. 13 seed.
Chandler 52, Trevor Browne 7: Chandler finished the regular season with a throttling of Phoenix Trevor Browne in a 5A nonregion game. The Wolves (7-3, 3-2) led 42-0 at halftime behind four touchdown runs by four different players, a 68-yard punt return by Lloyd Mills and a 9-yard touchdown pass from Darrell Garretson to Javon Williams. The Wolves only scored one touchdown in the second half as they ran out the clock. Garretson scored the final touchdown on an 11-yard run. The Wolves are expected to be a high seed in the playoffs.
Chaparral 50, Desert Mountain 0: Chaparral made short work of Desert Mountain in a 5A-II Desert Valley region game. The Firebirds (10-0, 5-0) had 218 total yards rushing compared to minus-13 for Desert Mountain. Chaparral had 300 yards passing compared to six for the Wolves. And after those stats it's easy to see how the Firebirds had 22 first downs, compared to one for Desert Mountain. Connor Brewer and Ikaia Nawahine teamed up to score the first touchdown and both had great games. Nawahine threw a 57 yard touchdown pass to Brewer for the opening score. Brewer followed with a 3-yard touchdown run, and he would later throw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Alex Holmes. Nawahine scored the second to last touchdown for the Firebirds on a 6-yard touchdown run. Chaparral will be in the tournament as a high seed.
Thunderbird 38, Paradise Valley 21: Host Paradise Valley ended their season with a loss to Thunderbird in a 4A II Black Canyon Region game. In the first-quarter Aaron King tied the game at 7-7 with a 4-yard touchdown run. King would add a 49-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to bring the Trojans to within 21-14. Unfortunately for Paradise Valley, that was as close as they would get as Thunderbird scored three unanswered touchdowns to put the game away. Chandler Crow later scored on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Joe Sabye in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring for Paradise Valley.