Arizona high school football rewind: Week 10

Arizona high school football rewind: Week 10


Arizona high school football rewind: Week 10


SPOTLIGHT GAME: Goodyear Desert Edge senior wide receiver Elijah Marks set a state record for most receiving yards in a season (1,802) and came close to a single-game receiving yards record in a game (324) in a 55-16 Division III victory over Avondale Agua Fria. Marks broke the state mark of 1,760 yards, held by Damian Segovia of Phoenix Greenway since 1995. The single-game state record is 340 yards, set by Phoenix Christian’s Sean Bowman against Chandler Valley Christian in 1999. Marks has 86 catches, closing in the single-season state record of 112, set by Cave Creek Cactus Shadows’ John Leonard in 2010.

WHAT WE LEARNED: Phoenix Northwest Christian, which had to reload after graduating most of last year’s Division V championship team, has grown up with five sophomores starting on offense, led by quarterback Drew Inness, son of head coach Dave Inness. Northwest Christian, tripped up a little late in the season, reestablished itself as a Division V favorite after rallying to beat Yuma Catholic 26-14 after trailing at halftime 14-6.Travis Pollay and senior Matt Delos had second-half rushing TDs. Delos’ senior leadership will be key in the playoffs for the Crusaders.

ON THE RISE: Tempe Corona del Sol (3-7) isn’t going to the Division I playoffs, but it ends the season on a high note, winning its last two games, spoiling playoff hopes for Phoenix Desert Vista (in Division I) and Scottsdale Notre Dame (in Division II) in the process. Corona beat Notre Dame 38-19 in the finale, as George Wright ran for three TDs. Corona del Sol started the season 0-4 under coach Tom Joseph and finished 3-2 under interim Tim Kelly, who may have earned the right to become the school’s permanent head coach.

MAKING A MOVE: Tempe Prep (7-3) enters the Division V playoffs on a seven-game winning streak, after stopping Scottsdale Prep on a two-point conversion try at the end of the game in a 27-26 victory Friday. Tempe Prep built a 14-0 first-quarter lead, scored 13 points in the third period, and withstood a Matt Munsil-led rally. Munsil had 10 catches for 113 yards and two TDs, despite being bracketed all night. Munsil has 21 TD catches, tying a Division V state record. Tempe Prep gained the 12th seed in the playoffs and opens at defending state champion Northwest Christian.

UNDER THE RADAR: Not many in the Valley talk about Oro Valley Canyon del Oro in Division III. But the Dorados have quietly put together a good season, winning their last seven games, and forcing six turnovers in a 56-7 win over Casa Grande in Friday’s regular-season finale. They will have a first-round home playoff game as an 8 seed against Gilbert Higley, which could be hurting if QB Tyler Bloom doesn’t return from an injury. Jordan Cross-Lopez threw a couple of TD passes to J.J. Metz, who has turned into one of the state’s better go-to players.


-Tucson Empire fullback Sean Fitzsimmons had just 148 rushing yards in a 53-18 win over Douglas, a week after setting a state record with 516 rushing yards. Fitzsimmons, however, also returned a kickoff 80 yards for a score against Douglas.

-For the second consecutive week, top-ranked (Division II) Tucson Salpointe Catholic turned to receiver Cameron Denson to play quarterback for Andrew Cota, who has been out for unspecified reasons. Denson did it all in a 49-7 rout of Tucson. He threw for a touchdown, ran for two, returned a punt for a score and returned an interception 81 yards for a score.

-Sierra Vista Buena (6-4) gained a Division II playoff berth as the 15th seed in Division II on Seima Groves’ 31-yard field goal as time expired in a 24-23 win over Tucson Sunnyside. Buena came into the contest as the No.17 seed, just outside the playoffs.

-Sahuarita won its first section title outright in 41 years with a 29-14 win over Tucson Palo Verde, as Olen Brown scored two TDs. Sahuarita, which moved down from Division III this year, is the No.10 seed in D.IV and travels to play Winslow in the first round.

-After going 0-10 last year, Tucson Catalina Foothills (8-2), quickly rebuilt under coach Jeff Scurran, finds itself the No.11 seed in the D.III playoffs, after a 24-17 overtime victory over Maricopa with Ty Cruz running in the winning score. Catalina Foothills began the season with an OT win.

-QB Antonio Hinojosa passed for four TDs and ran for another in top-ranked (Division I) Phoenix Mountain Pointe’s 57-3 rout of Mesa Dobson. Mountain Pointe locked up the No.1 seed in the state playoffs.

-Sophomore Charles McCarty ran for 238 yards and a touchdown in Coolidge’s 37-13 win over Florence in a D.IV game.

-Top-ranked (D.IV) Show Low beat Payson 56-7, behind Brice Rova’s 139 yards and three TDs rushing on just nine carries.

-Surging Glendale Joy Christian (9-1) got 137 passing yards and 73 rushing yards from senior QB Nick Henderson in a 49-8 victory over Sedona Red Rock.

-Taren Morrison ran for six touchdowns – all in the first half – as second-ranked (Division I) Mesa Desert Ridge beat Mesa Mountain View, 56-13. Morrison’s twin, Tarek, the quarterback, did not play, but should be ready for the start of the playoffs.

-Cottonwood Mingus crushed Prescott’s playoff hopes in Division III with a 27-3 victory that moved the Badgers to 18th in the final MaxPreps playoff seedings. Prescott lost its last two games. The loss gave rival Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain the section title and automatic playoff berth, despite losing to Queen Creek 46-26 in its regular-season finale.

-Phoenix Sunnyslope (10-0) capped its first unbeaten regular season since Mike Nixon was Player of the Year in 2001 with a 27-24 win over Phoenix St. Mary’s, as senior QB Michael Humphrey passed for three TDs, and Nicholas McCarthy, filling in for injured star Tim Fryson, had 110 yards and a score on 19 carries.

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