PHOENIX, AZ - Welcome to our Friday Night Blitz Wrap-up for Week Three of the 2013 Season.
Game 1: Tempe McClintock vs. Tempe:
Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila was taking in the game, watching from the sidelines. Apparently, Davila is training Tempe Buffaloes quarterback Emmanuel Gant.
First possession for the Buffs and Gant leads Tempe on a 6 play, 66 yard drive. Gant hands off to Marcus Whitmore, and it's 7–0 Tempe. Second quarter, the Buffs go up 14-6 but on the ensuing kickoff, Vinny Robles takes it at the 8 yard line and returns it 92 yards for the touchdown! Make that 14-12 Buffs.
Tempe with a 1st and 10 at the 18, Gant passes to Sebastian Watkins and the Buffaloes are up 21 to 12. Just over two minutes left in the half, McClintock with a 3rd and 6 on their own 46. Dominic Orona passes to Juwan Vinson and it's 42-18. Tempe High goes on to win the battle of the rivals in Tempe, 69 to 38.
Game 2: Higley vs. Phoenix Christian:
The Higley Knights started the season 2 and 0, but were forced to forfeit the two wins earlier this week when they discovered they had played an ineligible player. A see-saw battle in the first quarter on West Indian School Road. Down 12-6, the Knights tie the game on a kick return! Sinjin Kirkpatrick back to receive and he runs it all the way back for a Higley touchdown! The Knights go for two but can't convert, so we're tied at 12.
Still in the first, the Knights take the lead when Tyler Bloom finds Nick Colson and it's 18-12 Higley. But Phoenix Christian ties it up. Roman Vitale fakes the hand-off on first and 10 and runs it into the end zone himself, and it's 18-18. Higley pulls away in the second half, winning this one 52-39.
Game 3: Buena Broncos vs. Marcos de Niza:
The Buena Broncos making the trip from Sierra Vista to face the Marcos de Niza Padres in Tempe. The Broncos driving right before half, but Marcos' Jaquan Herron steps in front of the pass for an interception inside the 10 yard line. Next play, Marcos quarterback Josh Eckley throws an interception of his own and that sets up a crazy, last play of the half!
Buena fakes the field goal. The Broncos throw up a pass which gets intercepted in the end zone! But Buena's Corey Darnels steals the ball and, yes, that's a touchdown for Buena! But check out this final score! Can you believe this one? Marcos de Niza wins a shoot-out, 78 to 57!
Game 4: Northwest Christian vs. Tempe Prep:
The Northwest Christian Crusaders looking to remain undefeated, taking on winless Tempe Prep in Chandler. A battle of defense in this one, the Crusaders and Knights combine for just one first down in the first quarter, and that one came on a personal foul penalty. Northwest Christian stays unbeaten, they beat Tempe Prep, 28–0.
Game 5: Bradshaw Mountain vs. Saguaro:
Luke Rubenzer and the Saguaro Sabercats played host to the 2-0 Bradshaw Mountain Bears on Friday night. In the first, Rubenzer finds Christian Kirk to give the Sabercats an early 7-0 lead and the fans in the stands love it! Still in the first, this time it's Rubenzer to Cameron Koutsalas for the touchdown. Saguaro jumps up 14-0. You get the idea. The Sabercats win 69-21.
Game 6: Shadow Ridge vs. Cactus:
The battle of two undefeated teams faced off in Glendale. The Shadow Ridge Stallions out of Surprise made the visit to Cactus to face the Cobras. In the second quarter, the Stallions looked good. Chris Salsberry ran a 75-yard play down to the five yard line before being tackled. Shadow Ridge wins on the road, 27-24.
Game 7: Snowflake vs. Seton Catholic:
The Snowflake Lobos made the 170 mile trip to the Valley to face the Seton Catholic Sentinels in Chandler. Late in the first quarter, Seton quarterback Kyle Johnson threw a 15 yard bullet to Dominic Johnson and Seton took a 6-0 lead. In the second, Johnson handed off to Brandon Garcia and the sophomore took it in from 15 yards out to give Seton a 13-7 lead. But Snowflake comes back in the second half and they get the win, 28-23.
Game 8: Show Low vs. Queen Creek:
The Show Low Cougars made the 156 mile trip to Queen Creek to face the Bulldogs. Show Low capped off an 80 yard drive with a handoff from Colby Maxwell to Jace Brewer for the two yard touchdown. They missed the extra point and the Cougars take a 6-0 lead. Queen Creek does come back and ended up winning this game, 33-12.
Our Thursday night edition of Friday Night Blitz comes because a number of Arizona high schools have decided to play on Thursday this week because of the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur which starts Friday evening.
Peoria Centennial vs. Brophy Prep:
We start with our "Game of the Week," Division II powerhouse, Peoria Centennial at Division I Brophy Prep.
We pick it up in the second quarter still tied at zero. Brophy with a 2nd and 6 on the 49-yard-line. Sophomore Cade Knox, filling on for the injured Brian Woodward, finds Isaiah Oliver for the touchdown. The two point conversion fails and Brophy leads it 6-0.
Still in the second, Centennial with a 2nd and 7 on the nine yard line. Daniel Smith pitches to Matt Rodriguez and Rodriguez takes it to the one. On the next play, Rodriguez carries it in and Centennial leads it 7-6.
Will Edwards scores for the Broncos and Brophy is back on top, 13-6, but Centennial comes up big, beating the Broncos, 17-13.
Mountain Ridge vs. Chaparral:
Division I Mountain Ridge traveling to Scottsdale to take on Division II Chaparral.
In the first, Mountain Ridge quarterback Brandon Fox fumbles the snap and Chaparral recovers. On 3rd and 18, Sean Paul Brophy finds Israel Simpson in the end zone for 24 yards and the Firebirds take a 7-0 lead. But on the ensuing kick-off, Marcus Moore returns it 95 yards for the touchdown! The Mountain Lions miss the extra point and Chaparral holds on to a one point lead.
4th and 7 and Firebirds' ball, Sean Paul Brophy finds Tyler Whiley open in the back of the end zone and Chaparral cruises to an easy win, 42-6.
Cesar Chavez vs. Basha:
Air 15 high above the Southeast Valley as Cesar Chavez travels to Basha to take on the Bears. Basha quarterback, Zach Werlinger hits Joe Storm in the end zone and it's 31-7 Bears. Basha goes on the beat Cesar Chavez, 54-28.
Desert Ridge vs. Sandra Day O'Connor:
To Deer Valley and another Division I matchup: The Desert Ridge Jaguars taking on the Sandra Day O'Connor Eagles. Desert Ridge quarterback Tate Shumway finds E.J. McClanahan down the seam for 29 yards and the touchdown! And how about this, a little trickery on the kick-off, the pooch kick gets recovered by the Jaguars!
Four plays later, Taren Morrison finds the end zone and Desert Ridge looks dominate again! The Jaguars win easily 55-0.
Westview vs. Red Mountain:
In the third quarter, with the game tied at 14, Westview quarterback Trevon Bosley hands the ball off to Desmond Washington for the touchdown.
Westview shocks Red Mountain. The Knights beat the Mountain Lions, 21-14.
Agua Fria vs. Greenway:
In Division III, the Agua Fria Owls at Greenway High School to take on the Demons.
Agua Fria started from inside their own 5-yard line and running back Marquice Paige ripped off a big run on first down. What made this even more impressive was when he lost his shoe! Later in the drive, it was Paige again. This time he had both shoes on and found the end zone to cap off a 95 yard drive.
Agua Fria beats Greenway, 38-20.
Maricopa vs. Williams Field:
Also in Division III, the Maricopa Rams took on the Williams Field Blackhawks from the Higley School District. Williams Field took a 28-0 lead in the second and then quarterback Jeddediah Fagg handed the ball off to Jacob Anderson. Anderson would run it all the way in for a 55 yard touchdown. The Blackhawks win this one 42-6.
Camelback vs. Arcadia:
In Arcadia, the Camelback Spartans took on the Arcadia Titans. Titans' quarterback Peter Campbell handed the ball off to Semisi Pulu for the seven yard touchdown in the third. That was just the icing on the cake. Arcadia wins big, 48-14.
Westwood vs. Mesa:
The Mesa Jackrabbits got things kicked off with their traditional Samoan dance.
With five minutes left in the first, Mesa quarterback Chris Sheldon handed off to Turrel Pietz-Noble for a one yard touchdown run to give Mesa a 7-0 lead. After a fumble recovery, Westwood quarterback Kane Tieman handed off to Ethan Johnson. He found the end zone to tie the game up at seven. Mesa made it a 14-7 game when Samiuela Taueli ran in a one yard touchdown. The Jackrabbits won this one, 27-7.