Blue Ridge looks to extend winning streak in championship vs. Seton Catholic

Blue Ridge looks to extend winning streak in championship vs. Seton Catholic

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Blue Ridge looks to extend winning streak in championship vs. Seton Catholic

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Lakeside Blue Ridge has won 28 games in a row. It has 12 state championships under coach Paul Moro. It has enough gold footballs to blind any team searching for another.

Chandler Seton Catholic is only concerned about its own history, winning its first football championship since 1997 Friday night when it plays Blue Ridge for the Division IV crown at NAU’sWalkup Skydome in Flagstaff.

“This is the best team in Seton history we’ll be facing,” said Moro, who is looking to finish off the ninth unbeaten championship season in his Hall of Fame coaching career. “They’re loaded with seniors. They have two really good quarterbacks.”

Take your pick — Ryan Bresnahan or David Gesicki.

Bresnahan threw for 51 touchdowns as a junior and experienced the 45-14 state semifinal loss to Blue Ridge last year. He would like nothing more than to get rid of the bad taste of that loss with a splendid performance to end his career.

This will be the first time Gesicki has played against Blue Ridge. Gesicki spelled Bresnahan during a six-week stretch when Bresnahan was out with a broken hand. Gesicki, who is bigger than Bresnahan and brings a little more of a running element to the position, has completed 128 of 173 passes for 1,747yards and 24 touchdowns.

“There is no set time when I change quarterbacks,” coach Rex Bowser said. “It’s whatever fits the situation better now. In the Mingus game, when Ryan came in, he got hot and I couldn’t take him out. By halftime of the Show Low game, we saw we wore down their defense. We decided to change the pace of the game a little bit.”

This Blue Ridge team has been fueled not only by tradition but by junior running back Nolan Cook, who seamlessly made the transition from eight-man football at Gilbert Christian to be at times unstoppable. He has averaged nearly 11yards a carry, piling up 1,678 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns.

But it starts on defense for Blue Ridge, which has only allowed a touchdown in three playoff games and that came against Globe in the first round, when Moro said he was using “JV kids” on defense.

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