Chandler (4-0) at Phoenix Mountain Pointe (4-0), 7 p.m., Friday
This is a huge challenge for Mountain Pointe’s defense, which has yet to give up a point in the second half of games so far this season, going up against a talented offense that last week rallied to beat Chandler Basha with 41 second-half points.
Peoria Sunrise Mountain (4-0) at Peoria Liberty (4-0), 7 p.m., Friday
An anticipated high-scoring affair with two of the top offenses in Division III. Liberty has scored 234 points, Sunrise Mountain 231. Liberty is fourth in power ratings, Sunrise Mountain seventh. Liberty QB Tyler Rogers has thrown for 1,060 yards and 14 touchdowns without an interception.
Oro Valley Ironwood Ridge (4-0) at Tempe Marcos de Niza (4-0), 7 p.m., Friday
The next two games will determine if Ironwood Ridge is Division II championship material. Next week, the Tyler Williams-led team plays host to top-ranked Peoria Centennial and its never-ending array of athletes.
Phoenix Horizon (4-0) at Phoenix Pinnacle (4-0), 7 p.m., Friday
Even though Pinnacle is Division I and Horizon Division II, they are still rivals who will try not to give up an inch to the other. Both are young, like to run the ball and have overachieved defensively. Horizon has not given up more than two touchdowns in a game, but it hasn’t played a team nearly as talented as Pinnacle, which will try to turn running back Josh Hoekstra (657 yards on 68 carries) loose.
Glendale Cactus (3-1) at Scottsdale Saguaro (3-1), 7 p.m., Friday
This is a rematch of last year’s Division III championship, which was Saguaro’s toughest game against a Division III opponent, rallying for a 31-23 victory. Saguaro QB Luke Rubenzer had three TD passes in that game. Cactus hopes to show it is championship contender again, behind junior QB Talal Yousufzai.
Yuma Catholic (3-1) at Buckeye (4-0), 7 p.m, Friday
Buckeye hasn’t forgotten last season when it started 4-0 before losing 33-7 at Yuma Catholic. Yuma Catholic, the defending Division V champion, will try to assert its power running game, led by Kody Hazlett (739 rushing yards). Buckeye heralded middle linebacker DeAndre Miller will try not let him out of his sight.
Show Low (4-0) at Payson (3-1), 7 p.m., Friday
This is the biggest game in the Jake Swartwood coaching era at Payson. Quarterback Gunner Goodman should be back after missing a game with an injury. Payson will need to be at full strength against a team that got a Division IV wake-up call last week in a 24-23 win over Snowflake, which was coming off a 50-0 loss to Lakeside Blue Ridge. Show Low needed a touchdown and a two-point conversion with 11 seconds left to remain unbeaten.
Bagdad (5-0) at Glendale Joy Christian (4-0), 7 p.m., Friday
Joy Christian has shown it can win a couple of 11-man games, but now starts the real tests to see if it is an eight-man, Division VI title contender. Bagdad is a threat to score from almost anywhere at any time, and it features the best eight-man kicker in the state. Damian Jauregui tied an eight-man state record this season with a 50-yard field goal.
Eagar Round Valley (1-3) at Morenci (4-0), 7 p.m., Friday
Round Valley has had a brutal first-half schedule, losing to St. Johns, Show Low and Blue Ridge. It doesn’t get a break with Morenci, which last week dominated a good Benson team, winning 44-18, with three players rushing for at least 46 yards in a 264-yards rushing game, and QB Emilio Duran throwing three TD passes.