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Posted: Thursday, September 18, 2008 1:17 pm | Updated: 11:40 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Here's a look at tonight's local prep football games

5A-I

No. 2 Mountain View (2-0) at Ironwood (0-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 6051 W. Sweetwater, Glendale

Key matchup: Ironwood defense vs. Mountain View offense. The Toros aren’t giving the opposition much time of possession so far.

Key stat: Ironwood has allowed 98 points in two games, albeit against good teams. Mountain View has scored 78 in two contests.

The intrigue: Not much. Ironwood’s opening couple weeks were brutal with losses to quality teams Chandler and Marcos de Niza. A third such team, the Toros, doesn’t seem fair.

Desert Ridge (1-1) at Red Mountain (1-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 7301 E. Brown Road, Mesa

Key matchup: A weak link for Red Mountain on defense is its secondary and the Jags still throw it a lot.

Key stat: Red Mountain has scored only one touchdown this season on a sustained drive.

The intrigue: Both schools have been thumped by No. 1 teams (Peoria Centennial and Corona del Sol) and beaten a team they should have. This is one of those swing games.

South Mountain (2-0) at Westwood (0-3)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 945 W. 8th St., Mesa

Key matchup: Westwood’s defense must find a way to keep big-play passing offense of Jaguars from striking often.

Key stat: Westwood has dropped four consecutive games dating back to last year’s playoff loss to Chandler Hamilton.

The intrigue: If Westwood limits its turnovers (nine in the last two games) it will give itself a decent shot at racking up win No. 1 for coach Greg Mendez.

Gilbert (2-1) at Buena (0-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address 5225 Buena School Blvd., Sierra Vista

Key matchup: Rested Buena has had two weeks to get ready for Gilbert. The Colts must contain Gilbert’s ground game and keep wide out Jessie Brantley from making big play.

Key stat: Brantley averaging 28.3 yards per catch.

The intrigue: Second long road trip in as many weeks is main obstacle for Tigers. Third game in a row for Buena vs. East Valley opponent (Basha and Dobson earlier foes).

No. 5 Chandler (2-0) at Desert Vista (1-1)

Time: 7 p.m..

Address: 16440 S. 32nd St., Phoenix

Key matchup: Can the Wolves keep the Thunder’s speed threats from turning the corner and pressuring QB Kyle Yount when it’s time to throw?

Key stat: This is the rubber game of three-game series dating back to last season (Chandler won regular season, Desert Vista in first round of playoffs.

The intrigue: Speed are both sides’ strengths. They meet again in late November.

No. 3 Hamilton (2-1) at Dobson (1-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 1501 W. Guadalupe Road, Mesa

Key matchup: Hamilton offense vs. Dobson defense. Even though schedule has been tough, the Mustangs need to generate a stop now and then. Chandler never punted in last week’s game.

Key stat:  The game doesn’t count for Dobson in power-point rankings since only 10 games count and the Mustangs chose not to count this one. It does count for Hamilton.

The intrigue: Dobson faces a tall task in generating offense against at third ranked foe in four weeks.

Tolleson (1-1) at Highland (2-1)

Time: 7 p.m

Address: 4301 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert

Key matchup: Tolleson likes to run the ball and has been fairly effective stopping the run. It needs to force Highland to throw.

Key stat: Tolleson failed to score a touchdown last week against a program in just its second varsity season.

The intrigue: So far, Highland’s season is a carbon copy of last year. The Hawks need to continue trend against Wolverines.

Yuma (2-1) at Mesa (1-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 1630 E. Southern Ave., Mesa

Key matchup: Mesa offense needs its to take a step up this week in its third outing of the year. The defense helped out a lot in a Week 1 win.

Key stat: Mesa had six takeaways in a Week 1 win; five turnovers in a Week 2 loss.

The intrigue: Which Mesa team shows up tonight? Jekyll or Hyde?

No. 1 Corona del Sol (3-0) at Mesquite (1-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 500 S. McQueen Road, Gilbert

Key matchup: Mesquite must find a way to control the Aztecs’ workhorse Michael Lange, as Lange is averaging more than six yards per carry.

Key stat: The Aztecs have forced three times as many turnovers (12) as they’ve allowed touchdowns (4) this season.

The intrigue: Will the Aztecs put it on cruise control tonight knowing they thrashed Mesquite 51-0 last season.

Mountain Pointe (1-1) at St. Mary’s (1-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix (Phoenix College)

Key matchup: St. Mary’s needs to figure out a way to stop De’Andre Currie and the Pride’s running game, which has gone for nearly 400 yards in two games.

Key stat: Currie is averaging nine yards per carry.

The intrigue: It’s a good early-season matchup of two programs trying to turn their fortunes around after last week’s losses. For that reason, the prospect of having a winning record is meaningful to both these schools, even at this early juncture.

No. 4 Brophy (2-1) at Salpointe Catholic (2-0)

Time: 7 p.m. (Can't be there? Tune in to the Web cast from the Arizona Daily Star. )

Address: 1545 E. Copper St., Tucson

Key matchup: The Broncos’ passing game will get a much tougher test this week against a big Salpointe front line. If Beau Maggi can effectively throw the ball, the Broncos can put up 17 to 24 points, which is usually enough for the defense.

Key stat: Quarterback Trevor Eggleston has completed 68 percent of his passes in two games for the Lancers.

The intrigue: The Lancers have already beaten two quality East Valley teams (Basha and Gilbert) this season. A Brophy win against a quality team on the road would be big, especially for a learning offense.

Desert Mountain (2-0) at North Canyon (1-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 1700 East Union Hills Drive, Phoenix

Key matchup: Despite the good start, Desert Mountain will need to get its running game into gear to have any chance of sustaining this success.

Key stat: Neither team is averaging more than 3.5 yards per carry this season.

The intrigue: On paper, this matchup looks pretty even. North Canyon is an improved team from a year ago, though it’s coming off a waxing by Mesa Red Mountain. Desert Mountain won this matchup last year, and the Wolves need all the wins they can before their schedule turns ominous in mid-October.

5A-II

Casa Grande (2-0) at No. 2 Marcos de Niza (2-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 6000 S. Lakeshore Drive, Tempe

Key matchup: Casa Grande quarterback Ben Rodriguez has thrown for 451 yards in two games, but defensive backs Donovan Henley and Ramon Abreu are playmakers for Marcos.

Key stat: The Padres were very balanced last week, throwing for 173 yards and running for 155 in a 43-7 win over Glendale Ironwood.

The intrigue: Casa Grande stunned Mesa Westwood. Can the Cougars pull off another upset?

Pinnacle (1-1) at Goldwater (0-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 2820 W. Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix

Key matchup: Pinnacle has to get more production out of its run game after averaging fewer than three yards per carry last Friday. Goldwater gave up 222 rushing yards last week.

Key stat: Pinnacle is averaging 10 points per game and allowing 11 through two contests.

The intrigue: After two tough opponents, the Pioneers get a bit of a breather. Goldwater was shut out, 27-0, by Ironwood Ridge, a team Pinnacle beat 10-6 in the season opener.

No. 4 Skyline (2-0) at Mountain Ridge (1-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 22800 N. 67th Ave. Glendale

Key matchup: Mountain Ridge will have to slow down the Skyline running game, which racked up 365 yards rushing last week and is averaging 330 yards a game on the ground.

Key stat: Skyline running back Damari Lewis has 19 carries for 279 yards and six touchdowns, good for 14.68 yards per carry.

The intrigue: Skyline romped through its first two games last season before losing, 17-7, to Mountain Ridge. The Coyotes have done the same this season. Can they get over that hump?

Boulder Creek (0-2) at Horizon (0-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 5601 E. Greenway Road, Scottsdale

Key matchup: Expect the Huskies to dominate defensively. Last year, they forced three turnovers, had eight sacks and held Boulder Creek scoreless.

Key stat: The two teams have been outscored by nearly 26 points per game on average in the first two weeks of the season.

The intrigue: The Huskies were pounded by 5A-I teams Mesa and Phoenix Brophy, but have a good chance at winning their first game of the season.

4A-I

Agua Fria at No. 1 Saguaro

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 6250 N. 82nd St., Scottsdale

Key matchup: Can Agua Fria put the clamps on Beau Burton? Saguaro’s running back has 24 carries for 385 yards and seven touchdowns, and he’s taken a kick return back for a score.

Key stat: Saguaro has outscored its first two opponents 127-7.

The intrigue: The Sabercats won’t get much of a challenge here, but they want to continue to show that they are the class of 4A-I by dominating another opponent.

No. 4 Chaparral at Copper Canyon

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 6935 E Gold Dust Ave., Scottsdale

Key matchup: Spencer Stone threw for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns last week. Copper Canyon will have its hands full in this one.

Key stat: Stone found nine different receivers against Prescott last week.

The intrigue: This is just a filler game in what is a pretty competitive schedule for Chaparral. The Firebirds won’t have any trouble.

No. 3 Paradise Valley at Apollo

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 8045 N 47th Ave, Glendale

Key matchup: As with any Paradise Valley opponent, Apollo has to slow down a talented stable of running backs, led by Tyree Parker.

Key stat: Apollo has turned the ball over nine times in three games, which has to have the Trojans defensive players salivating.

The intrigue: One more tuneup before region play starts for Paradise Valley next week, with the big showdown against Saguaro in two weeks.

4A-II

Independence (0-2) at No. 1 Notre Dame (2-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road

Key matchup: With a pair of teams this unevenly matched there isn’t one. A top priority for both will simply be to get through the game injury free.

Key stat: Through two games, both at home, Independence has been outscored 96-0.

The intrigue: Will the Saints’ second string see more playing time than the starters?

Coronado (2-0) at No. 3 Greenway (2-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 3930 W. Greenway Road, Phoenix

Key matchup: Coronado’s defense was projected to be its strength, but the unit has played even better than expected. The Dons, who have allowed only seven points and 102 total yards, will need another stellar performance to slow a Greenway team which is averaging 40 points per game.

Key stat: The Dons have thrived on the big play thus far. Six of their 13 touchdowns have come on plays of 45 yards or more.

The intrigue: Greenway embarrassed Coronado 45-0 at home last season. Can the Dons exact revenge?

Seton Catholic (3-0) at Buckeye (1-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 902 Eason Ave., Buckeye

Key matchup: Buckeye has the clear advantage in size and speed, so Seton will have to play a smart, mistake-free game.

Key stat: The Sentinels threw for just under 400 yards last week.

The intrigue: With a victory Seton will double its total from last season (two).

Glendale (0-2) at Arcadia (2-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 4703 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix

Key matchup: Glendale’s weakness on offense is its line, which should enable Arcadia to penetrate into the backfield all game.

Key stat: The Titans will have to be much more disciplined after being flagged a combined 22 times for 180 penalty yards in the first two games.

The intrigue: Arcadia has started 3-0 each of the past three seasons. Can the Titans make it four in a row?

Washington (1-2) at Higley (0-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 4068 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert

Key matchup: Washington loves to throw the ball (97 attempts) but it has been inconsistent in the passing game (9 of 42 last week, 21 of 33 the week before). The Knights’ secondary will have to stay alert all night.

Key stat: Higley intercepted six passes in last year’s meeting.

The intrigue: Can the Knights avoid matching their loss total from each of the past two years?

McClintock (2-0) at Tempe (2-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 1251 East Southern Ave., Tempe

Key matchup: To claim victory, Tempe will have to shut down McClintock’s passing game, which has accounted for five of its eight touchdowns, while the Chargers will have to stop the Buffaloes’ rushing attack (263 yards per game).

Key stat: McClintock has won the last three meetings.

The intrigue: This is first time, excluding season openers, both team enter this game undefeated since the rivalry resumed in 2001 following a six-year hiatus.

Williams Field (2-1) at No. 2 (3A) Blue Ridge (3-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 1200 W. White Mountain Road, Lakeside

Key matchup: If Williams Field is to have any offensive success, those without the ball will have to hold their blocks longer than normal. Blue Ridge’s defense, led by linebacker Steel Armstrong, is excellent at closing on the ball and is among the fastest in the state.

Key stat: The Yellow Jackets are averaging 279 rushing yards per game. The Black Hawks, 291.

The intrigue: Williams Field has played exceptionally well in the first half of games this season but has had a drop off in the second half. The Black Hawks will need to play to their potential the entire night to have any shot at pulling an upset.

2A

Benson (2-1) at Canyon State Academy (2-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 20061 E. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek

Key matchup: Canyon State will need to stop Benson’s ground game, which ran for 230 yards on the Rams last year, and has gone for at least 220 yards in its first three games this season.

Key stat: Canyon State fumbled six times in last season’s meeting.

The intrigue: The Rams were rolling in ‘07 until they met Benson, and managed only one win thereafter. The Rams will get their first true test of how they stack up against top competition in 2A.

Valley Christian (1-1) at Tombstone (1-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 1211 Yellowjacket Way, Tombstone

Key matchup: Running is the Trojans hallmark, but the passing game struggled last week, and last year against Tombstone. If V.C. can make itself two-dimensional, they’ll score in a hurry.

Key stat: The Trojans ran for 376 yards against Tombstone in last year’s 28-21 victory.

The intrigue: Valley Christian is coming off its first home loss since 2003 and this young team is still finding its way, particularly on offense. Putting up points against Tombstone would help restore the confidence of an offense which struggled against Phoenix Christian.

No. 3 (1A) Joseph City (3-0) at Scottsdale Christian (2-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 14400 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix

Key matchup: Joseph City was stampeded by Scottsdale Christian’s running game last year (424 yards), Quarterback Jacob Storrer and Co. are going to try and do it again.

Key stat: Four of quarterback Jacob Storrer’s five completions against the Wildcats were touchdowns.

The intrigue: Not much. Joseph City is a 1A (8-man) school going against a 2A state title contender.

1A

No. 4 Tempe Prep (3-0) at Duncan (1-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 108 Stadium, Duncan

Key matchup: The onus will be on Tempe Prep’s defense to contain Duncan quarterback Rustin Jones, who is also the team’s leading rusher (215 yards).

Key stat: Five players scored touchdowns for the Knights in last week’s 61-14 victory over Clifton.

The intrigue: Tempe Prep beat Duncan in a one quarter playoff last season to advance to the state tournament.

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