A look at the Top 10 performances from last week’s state football semifinals.
Who stood out?
No. 1 Stephan Gomez, Mesa Desert Ridge, DB, 5-6, 160, Jr.
His two fourth-quarter interceptions helped Desert Ridge hold off top-ranked Chandler 24-21 in the Division I semifinals. He also ran for a touchdown.
No. 2 John Rincon, Peoria Centennial, RB/LB, 5-11, 200, Sr.
He ran for 140 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that gave Centennial a 31-21 lead over second-seed Phoenix Mountain Pointe in a Division I semifinal. He also was all over the place on defense at outside linebacker, breaking up passes and making tackles.
No. 3 Quentin Gomez, Centennial, RB, 5-9, 180, Sr.
He ran for 147 yards and a touchdown, helping Centennial control the clock for most of the game in the semifinal win over Mountain Pointe.
No. 4 Stone Matthews, Scottsdale Saguaro, RB, 5-8, 180, Jr.
Matthews had his ninth consecutive 100-plus rushing game, carrying the ball 19 times for a 137 yards and two touchdowns in a 55-14 Division II semifinal over win over Avondale Westview.
No. 5 Byron Murphy, Saguaro, WR/DB, 6-0, 175, Sr.
He had six catches for 133 yards and two TDs against Westview.
No. 6 Kare’ Lyles, Saguaro, QB, 6-2, 210, Sr.
He passed for 240 yards and four TDs against Westview.
No. 7 Avey Sanders, Tempe Marcos de Niza, RB, 6-0, 200, Sr.
His 8-yard scoring run late in the game lifted Marcos de Niza to a 44-37 Division II semifinal victory over Mesa Skyline that put the Padres in the title game for only the second time in the school’s history.
No. 8 Daniel Bridge-Gadd, Paradise Valley, QB, 6-3, 205, Sr.
He completed 24 of 31 passes for 320 yards and two TDs and ran 12 times for 60 yards and two more scores in a 26-19 Division III semifinal win over Phoenix Sunnyslope that put the Trojans in the state championship game for the first time in school history.
No. 9 Tehran Thomas, Goodyear Desert Edge, QB, 5-10, 190, Jr.
He ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 117 yards and three scores in a 34-27 Division III semifinal win over Buckeye Verrado.
No. 10 Matt Mitchell, Glendale Joy Christian, QB, 5-10, 185, Sr.
He completed 14 of 19 passes for 278 yards and four first-half touchdowns in a 41-20 Division V semifinal win over Eagar Round Valley.
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