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Tempe Prep's run ends in 1A football semifinals

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Posted: Saturday, November 8, 2008 9:57 pm | Updated: 11:07 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Tempe Prep Academy couldn’t find the magic again this week. After knocking off unbeaten Elfrida Valley Union in the quarterfinals, the Knights fell to 1A North champ Heber Mogollon, 42-8, in the semifinals on Saturday at Apache Junction.

SLIDESHOW: Tempe Prep vs. Mongollon

Tempe Prep (9-2) put itself in the hole right off the bat when it mishandled a squib kick on the opening kickoff and the Mustangs took possession on the Knights’ 31-yard line.

It couldn’t take advantage initially, but Mogollon (9-1) kept the ball on the Tempe Prep side of the field the entire first quarter and finally scored on a 2-yard run by Nolan Porter with 2:42 remaining.

The Mustangs added scores on their next two possessions, one coming after a fumble and another after Tempe Prep sophomore quarterback Rocky Brittain threw his second interception of the first half.

Mogollon led 22-0 at intermission after Jeremy Muzzy tackled Brittain in the end zone for a safety with 16 seconds left in the second quarter.

“We got outplayed,” Knights coach Tommy Brittain said. “They were faster and had a more versatile offense.

“We’re going to keep working. We have a big challenge going to 2A next year.”

Mogollon’s sophomore quarterback, J.T. Maner, directed the Mustangs to two more touchdowns in the third quarter as they built a 36-0 lead. He ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more.

The Knights finally got on the scoreboard early in the fourth quarter. Brittain connected with Matthew Mayor and he tight-roped his way down the sideline for 34 yards to the Mogollon 15-yard line. Junior Tom McDonald took a handoff and covered the distance on the next play.

Mayor said his team wasn’t ready to quit.

“You’ve just got to give it 100 percent,” the senior said. “I’m not a very good blocker so I’m in there to catch passes.”

The Knights had a shot at another score when Brittain intercepted Maner and returned it 31 yards. But Blake Owens picked off Brittain and Mogollon answered with the final score.

Mogollon will face Pima, a 52-20 winner over Joseph City, in the 1A title game Saturday at 7 p.m. at Apache Junction.

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