Friday Night Blitz High School Football Wrap-up: Week 6
(#2) Queen Creek (5-0) at (#9) Saguaro (4-1)
We kick off the Friday Night Blitz with our Game of the Week: 2nd ranked and undefeated Queen Creek taking on the Saguaro Sabercats in Scottsdale.
Two of the best in Division III! A difficult and emotional night for the Sabercat family after long time equipment manager Mike "Tug" Garcia unexpectedly passed away early Monday morning. The team going Green, honoring "Tug" during a pre-game ceremony and raising money for his family throughout this past week by selling "Tug" T-Shirts!
A battle of the best in Scottsdale! Third and ten Queen Creek, but Christian Kirk comes up with a huge hit on Mike Kemmerer. Same Drive, Bryce Dobbs hands off to Weston Barlow and the Bulldogs score on their first possession. 7-0 Queen Creek.
But Saguaro answers. Luke Rubenzer with a long pass to J.T. Nettleton and we're tied at 7.
Trailing 14-7, Trey Lemley carries it in for Queen Creek and we're tied at 14.
But again, Saguaro answers; Isaiah Reece scores and Saguaro goes up by 7.
Late in the second, Rubenzer hits Cameron Koutsalas and Saguaro gets the win, 35 to 28.
(#11) Basha Bears at (#23) Perry Pumas
Out in the East Valley, the 11th ranked Basha Bears taking on the Perry Pumas.
The Arizona Cardinals with a special pre-game ceremony at Perry to support breast cancer awareness month. Cardinals' rookie safety, Tyrann Mathieu on hand to help recognize ten breast cancer survivors from the Perry High School family, presenting all of them with honorary pink jerseys. The Cardinals also donating pink jerseys to the Pumas, along with wrist bands, hats and shoelaces.
First quarter action at Perry, Basha with the ball on the 28 yard line. Zach Werlinger throws to Joe Storm and the Bears take a 6 -0 lead.
Still in the first, Perry has the ball and Alec Monte finds Lane Veach for 15 yards. Same drive, ball on the three yard line, but Perry fumbles and Christian Mederos recovers. Basha shuts out the Pumas, 49-0.
(#3) Marcos de Niza at (#11) Campo Verde
Staying in Gilbert, two top teams in Division II, the Marcos de Niza Padres taking on the Campo Verde Coyotes, with both teams sitting at 4-1.
Pick it up in the third, Marcos with the ball. Jackson Loney hands off to Jake Lagunas and the Padres pull within 7.
In the fourth, Coyotes with the ball on the 3 yard line. Luke Pineda hands off to Gabriel Ogbonnaya and Ogbannaya carried it 53 yards for a first down.
Same drive, ball on the 12 yard line and Pineda finds Alex Madrid for the touchdown!
Campo Verde beats Marcos de Niza, 28-7.
(#2) Hamilton at (#4) Chandler
A huge in-district rivalry in Chandler, the second ranked Hamilton Huskies at the fourth ranked Chandler Wolves.
We pick it up in the fourth, Chandler up by four with Hamilton driving. Sam Sasso finds Elijah Williams right in front of our cameraman. Next play, Sasso finds Williams again and he runs it into the end zone and Hamilton is up by three.
But Chandler comes right back, Bryce Perkins finds Dionte Sykes at the goal line and it's ruled a touchdown! Chandler up by four with eleven seconds to play.
Last chance for Hamilton, Sasso back to pass but it's intercepted and returned for a touchdown! It took 15 years, but the Chandler Wolves have finally beaten the Hamilton Huskies. Chandler 26, Hamilton 16.
(#19) Notre Dame at (#4) Chaparral
Air15 sending in the highlights as Notre Dame takes on fourth ranked Chaparral in Scottsdale. The Firebirds with a great punt and Notre Dame is backed up to their own one yard line.
A few plays later, Thomas Leyman throws, but it gets picked off by Michael Rice and Rice returns it for the touchdown. The Firebirds win this one, 42-0.
Mountain Pointe vs. Desert Vista:
It's called the "Ahwatukee Bowl." It's such a big rivalry, most of Ahwatukee shuts down for this one. The number one ranked team in the state, the Mountain Pointe Pride up against the Desert Vista Thunder. Mountain Pointe struck first. Deontay Townsend took the handoff up the middle and found the end zone to put the Pride up 7-0.
Right before the half, Pride quarterback Antonio Hinojosa rolled out, found Timmy Hernandez who did the rest, reaching out for the pylon, touchdown Pride.
Mountain Pointe moves to 7-0 on the season, pulling away from Desert Vista in the second half, winning the "Tukee Bowl" 49-6.
Washington vs. Tempe:
In Tempe, the Washington Rams up against the Tempe Buffaloes. Late in the second quarter, tied at 20, Washington quarterback James Rasmussen hands the ball off to Antwain Marlowe and the Rams takes a 26-20 lead.
On Tempe's next drive, Junior Quarterback Emanuel Gant dropped back to pass, but couldn't find a receiver, so he took off running. Just when you think Washington had him stopped, Gant broke free and found the end zone and the Buffaloes take a 27-26 lead.
But with 11 seconds to play in the half, Washington responded. This time, Rasmussen hit Markus Montelongo and the Rams regain the lead 32-27 right before halftime. Washington goes on to win this one in a shootout, 70-48.
Williams Field vs. McClintock:
Teacher appreciation night in Tempe as the McClintock Chargers played host to the Williams Field Black Hawks.
Williams Field got on the board first. Jeddediah Fagg found Cole Forsgren for six yards and the Black Hawks took a 7-0 lead.
After a field goal, Williams Field added another touchdown. This one coming on a hand-off from Fagg to Josh Page. The Black Hawks beat the Chargers 47-0.
Deer Valley vs. Centennial:
In the northwest Valley, the Deer Valley Skyhawks up against the Centennial Coyotes in Peoria.
Amyer Armstrong with a nice run down the sidelines to set up this Deer Valley touchdown pass from Devon Palomino to Brian Calhoun to tie the game at 7. But Centennial goes on to win big at home. 34-7 the final.