The ABC15 Game of the Week with the Brophy Broncos at the defending division one state champion, Hamilton Huskies.
It was a defensive battle in the first quarter. Hamilton with a third and six on their own 44 – Sam Sasso's pass was intercepted by Mohammed Oliver. He returned it all the way to the Huskies six yard line.
But on 2
nd and goal, Brian Woodward fumbles the handoff and Qualen Cunningham recovered it for the Huskies.
With nine minutes left in the first half, Hamilton on a second and goal – Sasso kept it himself and the Huskies took a 7-0 lead.
Late in the second quarter on a first and ten, Sasso handed the ball off to Tyrell Smith. Smith gets to the four and that sets up a run into the end zone by Smith. The Huskies win this one, 26-9 and start their season 2-0.
Notre Dame vs. Desert Mountain:
Desert Mountain was looking to get into the win column after losing to Brophy in week one. The Wolves hosted Notre Dame Prep.
In the first, Desert Mountain QB Kyle Allen handed the ball off to Deion Warren for the touchdown to give the Wolves a 7-0 lead.
Still in the first, this time Allen found his favorite receiver, Mark Andrews, but Andrews fumbles the 10 yard pass and Notre Dame recovers it on the 11 yard line.
Then Notre Dame QB Thomas Lehman gets picked off by Greg Frasco and Frasco takes it back for the touchdown and the Wolves lead it 14-0.
In the second quarter, Allen hands the ball off to Spencer Chilton and Chilton goes in for the touchdown.
Desert Mountain wins this one big, 45 to 3.
Ironwood Ridge vs. Apollo:
Last year's division two state champion, Tucson Ironwood Ridge, was in the Valley to face the Apollo Hawks in Glendale.
Apollo takes a 21-7 lead into halftime.
In the third, Ironwood Ridge on their own three yard line, and Dylan Key fumbled the snap. He tried to recover it, but Apollo fell on it and the Hawks get the touchdown. Apollo gets the upset over Ironwood Ridge, 35-28.
Chaparral vs. Marcos de Niza:
A big game in Tempe between the Chaparral Firebirds and the Marcos de Niza Padres.
On the first drive, Padres quarterback Joshua Eckley found Luke Nguyen in the end zone and Marcos jumps out to a 7-0 lead.
But the Firebirds would come right back. On a first and goal, Elijah Castro took the handoff, and a couple of missed tackles later, he's in for the touchdown to tie the game up at seven.
The Padres back on offense and Eckley buys some time then airs the ball out to Jake Lagunas in the back of the end zone. Marcos goes on to win this one in a shootout, 56-45.
Phoenix Christian vs. McClintock:
Another game in Tempe was between the Phoenix Christian Cougars and the McClintock Chargers.
In the second quarter with less than a minute to play, McClintock quarterback Dominic Orona found Kyree King and he just about took it all the way in for a touchdown, but the Cougars Miyal Johnson made the tackle.
On third and goal, Esteban Arteaga grabbed the handoff and walked in for the touchdown.
McClintock won this one big, 66-33.
Basha vs. Centennial:
The Basha Bears were on the road in Peoria to take on the Centennial Coyotes.
Coyotes lead it 18-0 in the third when quarterback Zach Werlinger drove the Bears down the field and found tight end Trey Nall in the end zone to get the Bears on the board. But Centennial would win this one, 32-17.
North vs. Desert Vista:
The North Mustangs went to Ahwatukee to face the Desert Vista Thunder.
Big night for the Thunder special teams. On 4
th and 8, the Thunder fake the punt and Saxton McDonald picked up the first down.
On the very next play, quarterback Cole Van Raaphorst, yes, he is the son of former ASU Rose Bowl quarterback Jeff Van Raaphorst, he would go 30 yards for the score to put Desert Vista up 7-0.
After a three and out by the Thunder defense, Jason King fielded the punt at his own 40 yard line and would return it 60 yards for the touchdown. The Thunder dominate this one, 60-6.
Maricopa vs. Seton Catholic:
The Seton Catholic Sentinels hosted the Maricopa Rams in Chandler.
In the second half, the Rams with momentum – Elijah Alvarado took the ball straight up the middle for 22 yards to give the Rams their first lead of the game, 21-14.
The Sentinels with special teams problems – a high snap lead to a safety and the Rams extended their lead 23-14.
Seton Catholic gets it together, putting together an 11 play drive with some great running by Antonio Campanella who capped off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run.
Seton wins it, 34-23.
Agua Fria vs. Canyon del Oro:
The Agua Fria Owls out of Avondale made the trip south to Tucson to face the Canyon del Oro Dorados.
In the second, CDO running back Marquice Paige start the Owls drive with a nice gain.
On the same drive, Paige plows through for the touchdown to tie the game at seven. CDO wins this one 48-21.