Arizona high school football top matchups - Week 8

Arizona high school football top matchups - Week 8


Arizona high school football top matchups - Week 8


5-star games

Goodyear Desert Edge (7-0) at Peoria Liberty (7-0), 7 p.m., Friday

Liberty QB Tyler Rogers had the best game of his career in last year’s one-point win that turned into a shootout. Can he do it again? He has tremendous receivers and the defense is cable. But Desert Edge has turned it up a few notches, defensively, this season. It has scored three defensive touchdowns in the past two games.

Laveen Betty Fairfax (7-0) at Laveen Cesar Chavez (7-0), 7 p.m., Friday

This is coach Jim Rattay’s best team at Cesar Chavez with a stronger-than-usual line and a quick, tenacious defense, led by linebacker Gilbert Reger and junior safety Melvin Lewis. The offense is led by dual-threat QB Arturo Macias. But Fairfax is vastly improved with Deylan Jones under center and receiver/defensive back Derron Brown making plays all over the field.

Gilbert Highland (5-2) at Mesa Mountain View (5-2), 7 p.m., Friday

These red-hot teams should take it to the final minute with over-achieving players and Coach the Year candidates in Highland’s Pete Wahlheim and Mountain View’s Chad DeGrenier. Mountain View is hoping to ride momentum from a stalwart defensive effort in a 10-7 overtime win over Mesa Red Mountain. Highland just knocked off the only unbeaten team left in Division I, Scottsdale Desert Mountain.

4-star games

Phoenix Brophy Prep (6-2) vs. Phoenix St. Mary’s (3-4) at Phoenix College, 7 p.m., Friday

This once was the biggest big-city rivalry in Arizona, but St. Mary’s lost 46 players from the program in the past few years and Brophy has only gotten better with a tremendous senior class, led by QB Tyler Bruggman, RB Marche Dennard and receivers Clarence Clark and Devon Allen. Brophy Prep’s defense, led by senior LB Robert Relf, is known as the Quiet Storm with the offense garnering most of the attention.

Phoenix Shadow Mountain (4-3) at Scottsdale Chaparral (4-3), 7 p.m., Friday

Must win games for both team fighting for a Division II playoff spot. Chaparral won the past three state championships, but graduation and injuries have caused this season to be a struggle. Chaparral has two capable quarterbacks in senior Brad Schencker and sophomore Sean Paul Brophy, but the leader is senior receiver/linebacker Jake Roh, the heart and soul of the team.

Peoria Sunrise Mountain (6-1) at Phoenix Paradise Valley (5-2), 7 p.m., Friday

Sunrise Mountain could have a team that surprises many in Division III and makes a deep playoff run with an explosive offense and strong defense. That defense will get severely tested by senior QB Ryan Finley, who has passed for 2,084 yards and 22 touchdowns. The defense, however, has been flimsy at times and will need to get patched up in order to pull out this game.

3-star games

Tempe Corona del Sol (3-4) at Chandler (5-2), 7 p.m., Friday

Corona del Sol could see its Division I playoff hopes disappear, as it tries to figure a way to slow down Chandler’s tremendous passing game, led by senior QB Darell Garretson, who has passed for 400 yards in each of his past two games.

Gilbert Campo Verde (5-2) at Florence (3-4), 7 p.m., Friday

Florence may need to win in order to make the Division IV playoffs, but it won’t come easy against a solid Division III team that is coming off a quality win over Tempe and lost to unbeaten Gilbert Williams Field by a narrow 24-14 score.

Phoenix Scottsdale Christian (5-1) at Phoenix Christian (6-1), 7 p.m., Friday

Phoenix Christian has allowed 225 points, but the offense has been good enough to make it a Division V playoff team. The offense might find the spaces smaller against a strong, ball-hawking Scottsdale Christian defense. QB John Debus has thrown 13 TD passes with two interceptions, and Scottie Jordan and Debus have both run for more than 500 yards for Phoenix Christian.

Bagdad (5-2) vs. Phoenix Valley Lutheran (6-1) at Phoenix Northwest Christian, 7 p.m., Friday

Bagdad is coming off a 56-45 loss, but it came against defending Division VI champion Joseph City. Valley Lutheran will have to make a few stops against a team that can score on any eight-man team. Valley Lutheran relies on a strong running game, led by Ketah Watson, who needs five yards for 1,000 on the season.

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