On Saturday afternoon, both Chandler and Centennial claimed their Division State Football titles at ASU Sun Devil Stadium. The Centennial Coyotes took advantage of five pass interceptions, two pick-sixes, and a punt return for a TD to beat Notre Dame Prep Saints 60-7. In the second contest, the Chandler Wolves beat the Perry Pumas 65-28. It was the second time this season that the Pumas have lost to Chandler. The Wolves won 45-34 back in September.
6A Division at Arizona State University
Chandler senior Decarlos Brooks rushed for 336 yards, and 6 touchdowns on 33 carries to lead the Wolves to a convincing win over the Perry Pumas. Wolves quarterback Jacob Conover threw for 197 yards and a touchdown. Jaheim Brown-Taylor rushed for 100 yards an a touchdown for Chandler as well.
#1 Chandler ends their championship season at (13-1), while the #6 seeded Perry Pumas ended at (11-3).
5A Division at Arizona State University
Top seeded Centennial took advantage of five interceptions, returning two of them for scores, and a punt return on their way to a 60-7 championship game win. The Coyotes (14-0) and Saints played a fairly even first quarter, but the wheels came off the cart for the Saints in the second. Two Coyotes TDs came within :25 in the beginning of the second quarter to boost the lead to 21-0. Both came as a result of AJ Jackson. The first came on an 88 yard punt return. The second came on a pick-six for 35 yards.
Notre Dame Prep, the #3 seeded team, ends their season at (13-1).
4A Division at University of Arizona
Saguaro, the #2 seed ends with the championship at (13-1), while Salpointe Catholic who was the top seed finishes at (13-1).
3A Division at Campo Verde High School
In what turned out to be the best championship game of 2018, the Crusaders of Northwest Christian beat the Yuma Catholic Shamrocks 40-37 in triple overtime.
Aren Van Hofwegen rushed for 182 yards and a touchdown and Easton Meier threw for 130 yards and 2 TDs to lead the Crusaders. Trailing 14-0 in the second quarter, Northwest Christian pulled to within 14-7 with a last minute TD in the first half.
Yuma Catholic had the lead 27-17 in the fourth quarter, but Northwest Christian rallied in the final minutes to send the game to overtime. After each team scored a touchdown in the first ovwertime, neither scored in second. In the third OT, Yuma Catholic had to settle for a fied goal, leaving the door open for a touchdown pass by the Crusaders for the win.
The #1 Northwest Christian caps of their season at (13-1), while Yuma Catholic ends at (11-3).
2A Division at Campo Verde High School
The number one seed stayed true to form as the Thatcher Eagles beat the Round Valley Elks 35-12. It was the second meeting of the teams this season, as Thatcher dominated the first meeting 42-3.
The game was closed for the first quarter as the Eagles only managed a 47 yard touchdown run by Jack Kortsen midway through the first quarter to make it 7-0. The wheels began to come of the cart for the Elks in the second quarter. The Eagles Jack Kortsen picked up a Round Valley fumble and bolted 85 yards for his second TD of the game making it 14-0. Two more touchdown in the final three minutes of the first half made it 28-0, heading to the locker room. Kortsen scored his third and final touchdown in the third quarter making it 35-0.
Round Valley was finally able to break through with a pair of touchdowns late in the game. The Elkd end their sesason at (11-3), while Thatcher finished perfect at (14-0).
1A Divison at Maricopa High School
Superior quarterback Steven Ybarra threw for 365 yards and 6 touchdowns along with two rushing TDs, to lead the Panthers past the Hayden Lobos to claim the 1A crown with a convincing 70-20 win. The Panthers (11-0), handled the Lobos 46-6 back in September.
Five different receivers had touchdown receptions for the Panthers. Cedric Mendoza and Jesus Castellanos scored twice, with Jared Moreno, Sammy Lopez, and Adam Navarrette scoring one TD each.
Hayden (8-4), who upset Williams in the semifinals, was able to tie the game at six, two minutes into the contest, but after that it was all Panthers.