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  • GameNight: Mountain Pointe sets rushing record, holds off Chandler

    Paul Lucas has always been told it looks effortless when he runs.There’s a couple of Chandler defenders who might disagree after the show Lucas – along with his counterpart Brandyn Leonard and the offensive line – put on Friday night, including the most important 4-yards of a wild 45-42 win over Chandler at Karl Kiefer Stadium.While Lucas certainly looked to be running effortlessly at times while piling up 285 of the school-record 541 yards, with a vital first down needed late in the game inside the Chandler 35 the senior running back dipped his shoulder, lowered his head and split two defenders in place to make the stop to get the 4 yards on 4th down and 3 from the 34.“Coach Vaughan is always on me about running outside, or going out of bounds,” said Lucas, whose total tied for fifth best in school history. “I wanted to show everyone I could run between the tackles, too. We needed to get some tough yards and I got it.”It gave the Pride (5-0) a fresh set of downs and nearly allowed them to run out the clock, but Chandler took over on its own 9 with 14 seconds left.The Wolves (3-1) got 15 yards on the first down, spiked it, threw an incomplete to leave with 0.07 seconds left. Quarterback Bryce Perkins (83 yards rushing, 194 yards passing with four touchdowns) took off on a quarterback draw but was corralled to give Mountain Pointe its 19th straight win and cemented their place as the top team in Arizona.

  • Turnovers, penalties doom Mesa in 35-19 loss

    Mesa senior halfback Turrell Pietz-Noble ran all over the field against Valley Vista, but it wasn’t enough for the Jackrabbits to avoid a 35-19 home loss on Friday night.Mesa turned the ball over four times, including on three consecutive drives in the second half. Pietz-Noble fumbled twice, and senior quarterback Jacob Ray threw a pick six was Mesa drove to pull within one score to put the game out of reach.“We’ve just made too many mistakes … We’re probably 85 percent good and 15 percent where we need to make some corrections. Unfortunately, they just seem to find the 15 percent on a regular basis. We’ve had 12 turnovers in three games. That’s tough,” said Mesa Head Coach Scott Hare.Pietz-Noble ran for an impressive 223 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries. He eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark in each half and the Jackrabbits relied heavily on his legs throughout the game as Ray struggled throwing the ball.Akil Abdullah led the Monsoon in every aspect on offense. The junior quarterback ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns while airing out 120 yards and another score.Valley Vista improved to 4-0, with two of those wins coming against East Valley schools. Abdullah believes the team has a chip on their shoulder because their side of town doesn’t get enough respect.

  • Campanella, Seton run over Cortez 55-0

    Seton Catholic senior running back Antonio Campanella only needed to touch the ball twice for Seton to capture a 55-0 victory over Cortez.Seton had the ball on its own 38-yard line on two separate plays in the first half. Campanella caught a pitch and took it for a 62-yard touchdown both times.“That’s what we’re looking for on any play obviously and the big boys up front help me get there every time,” Campanella said.Campanella’s touchdowns were part of a plethora of scoring from the Seton offense in the rout where Cortez looked outmatched from the opening snap.Seton coach Rex Bowser runs a pass-first, spread offense, which means he has to make the most out of the touches he receives as he did on Friday. He finished with 181 yards and three rushing touchdowns on only seven carries .While the offense might be focused on moving the ball through the air, it presents Campanella with unique opportunities he can take advantage of on the ground.

  • Mountain View guard Armani Hawkins chooses ASU

    Mountain View junior guard Armani Hawkins has verbally committed to Arizona State, according to multiple reports.Hawkins is rated as the top Arizona player in her class and No.15 nationally by ESPN. Her big sister, Arnecia, was also a standout with the Toros and will be a sophomore next season with the Sun Devils. The pair played together one year in high school and are on a similar path to do so in college.Armani averaged 14.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game as a sophomore. Mountain View went 18-10 last season.

  • Mountain Pointe RB Paul Lucas picks up Oregon State offer

    No one has ever questioned Paul Lucas' speed.The Mountain Pointe track star won the Division I 100-meter dash title as a sophomore last season in 10.44 seconds, the fifth-fastest time in state history.But as a running back on the Pride's football team, Lucas still needed to prove he had the ability to make cuts, elude tacklers and see the field. After Friday night's game against Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, he answered any and all concerns.Lucas played a starring role in the upset of the Gaels, rushing eight times for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Shortly after, he was offered a scholarship by Oregon State, becoming the ninth East Valley player in the class of 2015 to pick up a D-I offer.With his game-breaking speed, Lucas could become a hot commodity on the recruiting scene if he keeps this up.

  • First Class: E.V. football seniors a peerless group of recruits

    Sometimes a shift is so gradual, its effect isn’t realized until an event forces retrospection.The Phoenix metropolitan area underwent unprecedented growth from 2000-09, as more than one million people made their way to the area, causing a 33 percent population increase.The subsequent housing collapse helped curb the boom and took some focus off the changed landscape, but there is one place where the results are resoundingly evident: the Arizona high school football scene.With a population increase so substantial, it seemed only a matter of time until the East Valley jumped up the list of destination spots for college football recruiters. A greater pool of players meant overall improvement and an increased ceiling for the cream of the crop.For many coaches, it took time to buy in. Arizona had long been known as an area large on space but short on elite talent, and few wanted to waste their time unless it was a sure thing. So Nebraska dabbled and Southern California would swoop in and steal top-flight recruits when needed, but in the early 2000s, it wasn’t open season quite yet.By 2008, the movement began. Michigan came down to recruit elite defensive lineman Craig Roh from Chaparral and quickly noticed the vast potential in his teammate, Taylor Lewan. Desert Vista’s Devon Kennard and Saguaro’s Corey Adams were also national recruits.


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