CHANDLER WOLVES 36, HIGHLAND HAWKS 35, OT
Top seeded Chandler got all they wanted from a feisty Highland Hawks team that fought till the very end. The Wolves needed a two point conversion in overtime, to get to the championship game.
Highland led 13-7 at the half, but trailed 28-20 with 2:34 to play in regulation. Kaleb Herbert's 8 yard run pulled the Hawks within two at 28-26 with 1:41 left. Kohner Cullimore blasted in for the game tying two point conversion to send the game to OT.
Cullimore ran in from two yards, and Austinb McNamara added the PAT, to give Highland a temporary lead at 35-28. Chamndler's Decarios Brooks bolted in from 4 yards out to make it 35-34. The Wolves elected to go for the win and got the two point conversion to end the game on a gutty call.
Chandler ups their record to (12-1), while Highland finishes at (11-2).
#5 Highland 10 3 7 8 7 - 35
#1 Chandler 7 0 7 14 8 - 36
PERRY PUMAS 45, PINNACLE PIONEERS 14
In a mild upset, the 6 seeded Perry Pumas took a close lead into the half and blew the game wide open in the second half, despite giving up two touchdowns in the third quarter.
Jalen Young's rushing touchdown put the Pumas on top 7-0. A field goal at the end of the half extended to 10-0 at the break.
Trailing 17-0 midway through the third quarter, the Pioneers put some points on the board on a pass play to cut the deficit to ten. Chubba Purdy hit Colby Dickie for a 10 yard TD pass to pull out to a 24-7 lead. Pinnacle scored again on a run to make it 24-14 with just under three minutes in the third quarter, but Perry scored three touchdowns to pull away for the win.
Perry improved to (11-2), while Pinnacle ends their season at (11-2).
#6 Perry 0 10 21 14 - 45
#2 Pinnacle 0 0 14 0 - 14
Saturday, December 1 at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, 4:30pm
Perry (11-2) vs. Chandler (12-1)
CENTENNIAL COYOTES 48, HIGLEY KNIGHTS 13
The number one seed played as expected, opening up a lead early and never looked back. Higley managed to take the lead to atrt the game on a Spencer Brasch pass to Ethan Haney. The lead was short lived as Centennial's Tawee Walker bolted 99 yards on the kickoff return to tie the game at 7. The Coyotes took control from there to go on for the win. Centennial improves to (13-0) while the Knights finished at (9-4).
#5 Higley 7 0 0 6 - 13
#1 Centennial 21 7 7 13 - 48
NOTRE DAME PREP SAINTS 21, WILLIAMS FIELD BLACKHAWKS 14
The Saints of Notre Dame Prep had to withstand a last second drive by Williams Field to preserve the victory. The Blackhawks just ran out of time trying to tie the game with the ball sitting on the Saints three yard line. Notre Dame Prep led 21-7 with just over seven minutes to play before the Knight made a final run. Jaden Thompson one yard run pulled the Knights within seven, at 21-14 with five minutes to play. After holding to Saints, Williams Field got the ball back at their own 38 yard line with 3:15 left. Zacks Shepard's pass to Elijah Reed had the Blackhawks in prime position to get the game tying TD.
Williams Field ended their season at (11-2), while Notre Dame Prep kept their perfect season intact at (13-0).
#3 Notre Dame Prep 0 6 8 7 - 21
#2 Williams Field 0 7 0 7 - 14
Saturday, December 1 at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, 12:30pm
Notre Dame Prep (13-0) vs. Centennial (13-0)
SALPOINTE CATHOLIC LANCERS 53, SAHUARO COUGARS 6
Salpointe Catholic played like the number one team and dominated another opponent in the process. Sahuaro had played very well, but the Cougars found themselves in a hole that they could not climb out of.
The Lancers got right to business early and led 34-0 after 12 minutes to seal the deal. Bijan Robinson led Salpointe Catholic with four first half rushing touchdowns on runs of 35, 59, 15, and 3 yards.
Sahuaro ends the season at (10-3), while Salpointe Catholic (13-0), will take their perfect record into the championship game to face a very tough Saguaro team.
#5 Sahuaro 0 0 0 6 - 6
#1 Salpointe Catholic 34 19 0 0 - 53
SAGUARO SABERCATS 61, DESERT EDGE SCORPIONS 6
The Saguaro Sabercats made it like look easy against a tough Desert Edge team, jumping all over the Scorpions in the second quarter. In that quarter, Hayden Hatten punched it in from one yard out to make it 20-0, at the ten minute mark. Then back to back pick sixes put the game out of reach. First, Connor Soelle ran one in from 30 yards out, then Hogan Hatten added 40 yard return gto increase the Sabercat lead to 33-0 with eight minute left in the second quarter.
The Scorpions lone touchdown came with four minutes left in the second quarter, when Adryan Lara hit Jihad Marks on a 90 yard pass play to make it 40-6.
Saguaro improves to (12-1), while Desert Edge ends their season at (9-4).
#3 Desert Edge 0 6 0 0 - 6
#2 Saguaro 13 41 0 7 - 61
Friday, November 30 at University of Arizona Stadium, Tucson, 7pm
Salpointe Catholic (13-0) vs. Saguaro (12-1)
After a scoreless opening quarter, NW Christian struck first on a 10 yard run by Aren Van Hofwegen. Ben Ogan added the extra point for a 7-0 lead. Valley Christian responded on an 80 yard pass play from Peyton Hanzai to Andrew Hanzi. The PAT was missed keeping the score 7-6. The Crusaders increased their lead to 14-6 on a third quarter touchdown by Aren Van Hofwegen. The Crusaders added two more scores on a 60 yard pass play and a 4 yard run by Van Hofwegen.
Northwest Christian improves to (12-1), while Valley Christian ends at (9-4).
#1 Northwest Christian 0 7 7 13 - 27
If you like offense, this was the game for you. Yuma Catholic put touchdown after touchdown to build a 68-28 lead through three quarters on their way to a 75-43 win over the Sabino Sabercats at Shadow Mountain high School.
Ean Chavez ran for three first half touchdowns, and quarterback Gage Reese threw three first half TD passes to help build that big lead. Chavez scored his fourth TD on a 27 yard run to make it 49-21. Reese would throw his fourth touchdown pass in the game, and the third time to John Henderson to go up 56-21 midway through the third quarter. Reese hit Henderson yet again and it was 56-21. Chavez added number five on a 6 yard run, and suddenly it was 62-21. The Sabercats were just unable to stop the high octane offense of the Shamrocks. Sabino finally answered the third quarter onslaught with a 14 yard pass to Jayson Petty to cut the deficit to 62-28.
Cameron Jacobs punched a fourth quarter TD for Sabino from 4 yards out to make the final 68-35. The Shamrocks came right back and scored on a 49 touchdwon run by Zach Hunter with 8:01 to play to increase the lead to 75-35. Jacobs scored the final touchdown on a 4 yard run and a two point conversion made the final 75-43.
Sabino ends the season at (10-3) while Yuma Catholic improves to (11-2).
#6 Sabino 7 14 7 15 - 43
#2 Yuma Catholic 21 21 26 7 - 75
Friday, November 23 at Campo Verde High School, Gilbert, 7pm
Yuma Catholic (11-2) vs. Northwest Christian (12-1)
Phoenix Christian (10-3), struggled against a very good Thatcher defense. The Eagles added a touchdown in each of the the final two quarters to secure the win.
Thatcher (13-0) will play league foe Round Valley in the championship game next Friday night. On October 19, the Eagles handed the Elks a 42-3 loss at home.
#1 Thatcher 0 21 7 7 - 35
ROUND VALLEY ELKS 44, ST. JOHNS REDSKINS 12
The Round Valley Elks used a 24 point second quarter to break a close game open on their way to a 44-12 win over the St. Johns Redskins. Kason Woolf rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another to lead the Elks. Trailing 31-0, St. Johns was able to get on the board on a 52 yard pass play with just under two minutes left in the first half. Sergio Camunez added a pair of field goals, from 40 and 36 yards, in third quarter to increase the lead to 37-6.
Round Valley improved to (11-2), while St. Johns ends their season at (9-4).
#7 St. Johns 0 6 0 6 - 12
#3 Round Valley 7 24 6 7 - 44
Friday, November 23 at Campo Verde High School, Gilbert, 3pm
Round Valley (11-2) vs. Thatcher (13-0)
1A Championship-Saturday, November 10
Superior 70, Hayden 20