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  • Photos: Basha vs Chandler football

    The football game between Basha and Chandler at Basha High School on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.

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  • Defense pushes Tempe to win against Moon Valley

    On a night where individual records were supposed to take center stage, it was the team-first approach of Tempe High that propelled the Buffaloes to a 38-26 victory over the Moon Valley Rockets.The victory seals the Division III Section VI championship for Tempe and keeps head coach Brian Walker’s Buffaloes undefeated.“Gant is a heck of a quarterback, but we are not just Emanuel Gant, we are the Tempe Buffaloes,” Walker said emphatically after the game.All eyes were on Tempe’s signal caller, as the senior needed just 178 passing yards to eclipse the state’s career passing yards record set by Saguaro’s Luke Rubenzer in 2013. Gant fell 28 yards shy of breaking the record, as he completed just 10 of 21 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown.“I have never really cared about the record to begin with,” Gant said. “If I got it, I got it and if I didn’t I didn’t. I would rather break it at home and that is what I am able to do.”It was Moon Valley that struck first, as the Rockets marched 51 yards on the opening possession of the game to score the first points of the contest. Senior wide receiver Devin Knight capped off the drive with a 7-yard touchdown reception and the successful two-point conversion put Moon Valley up 8-0 with 7:56 left in the first.

  • Skyline gets early lead, hangs on to beat Mesa 30-21

    It looked like Skyline was going to win in a romp over Mesa through the first half. But even though the Coyotes dominated just about every phase of the game in the first two quarters, they had to survive a late rally by Mesa to win 30-21 Friday night.Quarterback Jacob Roberts found wide receiver Cory Anderson deep down the right sideline for an 85-yard touchdown on Skyline’s very first play of the game to give Skyline a 7-0 lead.“I saw that the corner(back) was up pretty close and the safety came up to support the run because we run a lot,” Anderson said. “They weren’t really ready for the pass play so we took advantage of it.”Roberts finished the night with three receptions for 178 receiving yards and three touchdowns.The scoring continued for Skyline, which took a 23-0 lead into halftime thanks to a 10-yard run from wide receiver Truman Tucker, a 25-yard pass from running back Amarii Keyes to Anderson and a 46-yard field goal from kicker Daniel Espino.As good as it was in the first half, Skyline struggle to hold on to the lead in the second. A Coyotes’ defense that had been stingy against Mesa’s run-heavy attack starting giving up running lanes as the game wore on.

  • Chandler High blows out Basha in 55-10 road win

    It was three weeks ago when Chandler High manhandled city rival Hamilton, yet the Wolves found themselves behind Hamilton the past three weeks, despite identical records, for the top two spots in the rankings that ultimately determine playoff seeding.With the MaxPreps formula behind the rankings a public mystery, Chandler can only hope strength of schedule and margin of victory are two key components. If so, Friday's 55-10 road win over Basha should help the Wolves (8-1) make up some ground with one week left in the regular season.Basha was ranked five spots ahead of Hamilton's opponent this week, Highland, and Chandler's 45-point margin of victory edged the 39 by which Hamilton won."I don't know how it works," Chandler coach Shaun Aguano said. "We're just worrying about ourselves right now. Whoever is next on our schedule, that's who we'll game plan for and that's what we'll worry about."Aguano didn't have to worry much at all against Basha. His team scored on five consecutive drives in the first half and star quarterback Bryce Perkins sat out most of the second half after he threw for 281 yards on just 14 attempts."They're pretty explosive; I'm lucky to have good kids," Aguano said of his offense. "But the thing is, our defense got us the ball, sometimes with a short field."

  • Campo Verde pulls off upset, blanks Poston Butte on the road

    Poston Butte’s golden season took an unexpected turn Friday night when the Broncos put up a goose egg on senior night.Winners of their last seven games entering Friday night’s contest and headed for a top seeding in the Division II playoffs, the No. 5 Broncos (7-2, 2-1) came out flat against a Gilbert Campo Verde squad that was more dialed in from the opening kick. The Coyotes' defense bent but never broke, and backup quarterback Dylan Wright spurred the No. 23 Coyotes (5-5, 1-2) on to a 16-0 upset victory.Neither team could get much going in the first half, with Campo Verde and Poston Butte putting up 72 and 71 yards of total offense, respectively. That total was made worse for the Coyotes given that they had the ball in Bronco territory four times and came away empty on three of those drives.The fourth time, however, resulted in points, as Wright came off the bench to relieve starter Cole Pineda, and throw a 30-yard touchdown to senior receiver Josh Barro just minutes before the end of the half.It hasn’t been an unusual combination for head coach Max Ragsdale to use both Wright and Pineda – Wright has played in eight of the team’s 10 games and has added nearly 500 yards passing to Pineda’s 900-plus.“We give them both equal reps in practice for this very reason,” Ragsdale said.

  • Campo Verde pulls off upset, blanks Poston Butte on the road

    Poston Butte’s golden season took an unexpected turn Friday night when the Broncos put up a goose egg on senior night.Winners of their last seven games entering Friday night’s contest and headed for a top seeding in the Division II playoffs, the No. 5 Broncos (7-2, 2-1) came out flat against a Gilbert Campo Verde squad that was more dialed in from the opening kick. The Coyotes' defense bent but never broke, and backup quarterback Dylan Wright spurred the No. 23 Coyotes (5-5, 1-2) on to a 16-0 upset victory.Neither team could get much going in the first half, with Campo Verde and Poston Butte putting up 72 and 71 yards of total offense, respectively. That total was made worse for the Coyotes given that they had the ball in Bronco territory four times and came away empty on three of those drives.The fourth time, however, resulted in points, as Wright came off the bench to relieve starter Cole Pineda, and throw a 30-yard touchdown to senior receiver Josh Barro just minutes before the end of the half.It hasn’t been an unusual combination for head coach Max Ragsdale to use both Wright and Pineda – Wright has played in eight of the team’s 10 games and has added nearly 500 yards passing to Pineda’s 900-plus.“We give them both equal reps in practice for this very reason,” Ragsdale said.

  • Velez, Brophy too much for Dobson in 49-19 rout

    Ryan Velez ran around Dobson defenders all night as the Broncos dominated the Mustangs 49-19 at Dobson High School on Friday night.Velez eclipsed the 200-yard rushing mark and tacked on three touchdowns to lead the Broncos’ route. Two of Velez’s touchdowns went for 61 and 46 yards, respectively.“All I saw was a hole made by my great offensive line and just utilized that … we had a great scout defense working for us during the week so that really helped,” he said.Brophy used a two-quarterback attack with star pocket passer Cade Knox not playing. Junior Chad McLanahan took the majority of snaps under center, throwing two long touchdown passes to Isaiah Oliver. Senior Sean Robertson also saw playing time at quarterback.“I told them going in that I’m not going to have special plays for either one of those guys. I expect each of them to be able to do everything we ask them to do and first time out, both of them played really well,” said Brophy Head Coach Scooter Molander.The Mustangs struggled getting anything going offensively from the get-go, but eventually found a bright spot in running back Matt McGriff. The junior back broke tackle after tackle, muscling his way for several second-effort yards.

  • QB at Higley in Gilbert named Cardinals’ player of the week

    Higley High School quarterback Mason Crossland was selected as the Arizona Cardinals’ player of the week after setting a state record.Crossland, who is a sophomore, threw for a record 641 along with nine touchdowns against Apache Junction in the Knights’ 95-75 win on Oct. 10. The 170-points the two teams scored might be a state record as well.

Football rankings

Last Updated: Oct. 20, 2014 | Compiled by Tribune

# Division I, II, III
1. Chandler (7-1)
2. Hamilton (7-1)
3. Mountain Pointe (7-2)
4. Desert Ridge (7-1)
5. Tempe (8-0)
6. Westwood (7-1)
7. Skyline (7-1)
8. Queen Creek (6-2)
9. Higley (7-1)
10. Basha (5-3)

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