Where was the first game played--at Northwest or at YC? I think that has a big bearing on the outcome. Secondly the health of each team, I heard YC was beat up, is that true and how is the health of NWC.
Finally I'll quote a famous head coach in AZ coach Moro of Blue Ridge. He said it is awfully difficult to beat a good team 2 times in one year. Haven't seen either team play but one would hope for a good, hard faught, close ballgame for a state title.
yc has played bourgade, a physical sca, and a very physical game with thatcher. the hits have taken a toll on the shamrocks who are beat up. but hey its the big game so all will play. they have definatly not had an easy draw in the bracket so if they win they didnt duck anybody to get there. hope its a good game.
Playing the tougher schedule will only make you stronger. That has always been my perspective.
Playoff brackets are often times lopsided but it rarely matters. In the end the best team usually wins. Hopefully it is just bumps and bruises for the Shamrocks and both teams can be as relatively healthy as possible at this time of year for the final game.
Northwest appeared to be at full strength last Saturday. For this weeks' game both teams are effectively away teams, more Yuma than Northwest, but still both have to travel a good distance. This should be a good game for one half, but I feel like Northwest is just going to run away with it in the second half and wear down the already beaten up YC defense.
Also remember that Thatcher sacked the YC qb 5 or 6 times, and that's a Thatcher front line that has had probably 6 sacks all year leading up to the game.
I'm leaning toward NWC in this one - they seem to be hitting on all cylinders - but I also agree that it's tough to beat a good team twice in a season. A lesson Tempe Prep learned in painful fashion 10 days ago.
NWC by at least two TDs. They are a diffferent team then when they met YC earlier this year. Their 20 Juniors are almost Sr's. Not a knock againsr YC at all and I love their LB's. Just that I think NWC is that good NOW.