Friday Night Blitz: High school football state semifinal previews

Game of the Week: Division I: No. 2 Chandler (10-2) vs. No. 3 Hamilton (10-2) at Highland:

Hamilton is out for revenge after Chandler beat the Huskies earlier this season 26-16. That loss also dropped Hamilton from being ranked second in the state to fourth. As long as there won't be any late-game disasters, Hamilton could pull out the win. However, Chandler's defense will be waiting.

Division I: No. 4 Desert Ridge (11-1) vs. No. 1 Mountain Pointe (12-0) at McClintock:

Can anyone compete with Mountain Pointe? That's hard to fine, but Desert Ridge will do their best. The Jaguars are on an 11-game win streak. Their only loss this season came at the hands of a California school.  Since then, they've averaged 46 PPG.

Mountain Pointe however is ranked fifth nationally and have dominated their opponents, averaging 50 PPG.  So far in the playoffs, they've allowed just one touchdown per game, giving 7 points to Boulder Creek and 7 points to Red Mountain.

Division II: No. 1 Tucson Salpointe Catholic (12-0) vs. No. 12 Deer Valley (9-3) at Marana:

Deer Valley hasn't garnere much credit with their 9-3 record, but keep in mind, two of those losses were forfeited after the team win.  So on paper they may be 9-3, but in reality, they're 11-1. However, this week will be a good test as they take on the top seeded Salpointe Catholic Lancers. 

Salpointe has two of the top five defensive ends in the state in Brian Calhoun and Marlon Roberts. They've combined for 25 sacks this season.

Division II: No. 3 Chaparral (11-1) vs. No. 2 Mesquite (11-1) at Gilbert:

The Chaparral Firebirds took out Marcos de Niza last week and look to do the same to Mesquite this week.  Chaparral's Running back Elijah Castro and wide receiver Israel Simpson have held our attention all season.  But they're up against a fast Mesquite defense. This one will come down to what side of the ball can win… defense or offense?

Division III: No. 1 Williams Field (11-1) vs. No. 4 Queen Creek (10-2) at Campo Verde:

This will be the second time this season that these two teams have met. Williams Field has the advantage going into this one as the number one seed, and the mindset from their 42-17 win over the Bulldogs back in October. 

However, Williams Field will be without their starting quarterback Jeddediah Fagg after suffering an injury in the final game of the regular season and Queen Creek is on a 5-game winning streak, outscoring their opponents 173 to 91 during that stretch. 

Division III: No. 2 Saguaro (11-1) vs. No. 3 Desert Edge (12-0) at Arcadia:

This is a matchup that Saguaro has been waiting for since last season when Desert Edge knocked the Sabercats out the playoffs in the quarterfinals. 

Saguaro quarterback Luke Rubenzer has been unstoppable with receivers like Christian Kirk and J.T. Nettleton. 

However, Desert Edge could have the edge in this one behind quarterback Anthony Hernandez and his favorite target, Elijah Marks.

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