Recaps of yesterday's 6A, 5A and 4A state championship games in Arizona

Recaps of yesterday's 6A, 5A and 4A state championship games in Arizona

6A

Recap

Chandler avenged an early season throttling in the 6A state title game, beating Mt. Pointe 36-17.

Mt. Pointe got on the board first, RB Rashie Hodge bullied his way into the endzone, covering 90 yards to put the Pride up 7-0.

Chandler answered on a 46 yard T.J. Green TD run. Chandler went for two and converted when sophomore QB Jacob Conover hooked up with Jarick Caldwell. Chandler led 8-7 after the 1st.

Conover and Caldwell hooked up again in the 2nd quarter on a 59 yard catch and run that put Chandler up 15-7.

Chandler DB Imani Lee then picked off Noah Grover, his first of two in the quarter, and Chandler responded with another T.J. Green TD run.

Chandler led 22-7 at the half.

Mt. Pointe battled int he second half but every time they cut the lead, Chandler was able to answer.

The Pride scored on the opening possession of the 2nd quarter, Jon Abercrombie kicked a field goal to t the lead to 22-10.

T.J. Green got his third score of the night on the next drive, putting the Wolves up 29-10.

Mt. Pointe went back to work, moving the chains, but a Grover to Jaydon Brooks pass on 4th down in the endzone was ruled out of bounds and MP turned the ball over on downs.

After forcing a punt, Mt. Pointe scored on a Grover to Hodge TD pass that cut the lead to 29-17. The Pride gained more momentum on an Isaiah Pola-Mao interception but they couldn't capitalize and ended up punting the ball away.

Chandler iced the game on another Conover to Caldwell TD pass in the 4th.

Final: Chandler 6 Mt. Pointe 17 

Bottomline

Chandler's offense had been hot, the had two running clocks in the previous two playoff games. They didn't skip a beat Saturday, they were firing on all cylinders again.

Game Ball

Chandler senior RB T.J. Green scored 3 TDs and rushed for 200 yards.

5A

Recap

This game was a defensive battle, one that saw Williams Field score on defense and keep Centennial out of the endzone the entire night, to bring home the state title with a 14-6 win.

Centennial put up the only points by either team in the 1st quarter. On the first drive, kicker Xavier Rojas made a short field goal to give CeHS an early 3-0 lead.

Williams Field got on the board in the 2nd quarter. RB Josh Alexander had success running the rock, finding space and charging to the 1 yard line. He punched it in shortly after to give WF a 7-3 lead.

Centennial had the ball almost the entire 2nd quarter but came away with no points.

Two series in a row, Williams Field fumbled punts, giving the Coyotes the ball right back. After the second punt, Williams Field LB Braden Valentine intercepted Ruben Beltran but was stripped. His teammate, Tre Bugg, came up with the ball and raced in for a score, putting Williams Field up 14-3.

Centennial was able to move the ball into scoring position but time ran out on a Beltran scramble.

Centennial cut the lead to 14-6 on a Rojas field goal in the 3rd.

Bugg then came up with another huge play. Centennial moved the ball, threatening to score but Bugg came up with an interception in the endzone.

The teams exchanged punts and Williams Field was able to run the clock out to the end the game.

Final: Williams Field 14 Centennial 6 

Bottomeline

Williams Field's defense was outstanding, the kept a very good Centennial run game in check and kept them out of the endzone the entire game.

Game Ball

Williams Field CB Tre Bugg returned a fumble for a score and came up with a huge INT in the endzone in the 4th quarter when the Coyotes were threatening to tie it up.

4A

Recap

Similar to their meeting earlier in the season, Saguaro jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, finishing the season undefeated and capturing a 4th straight state title.

After forcing a three-and-out, Saguaro got on the board with the first of Stone Matthews' three TDs on the day. Catalina Foothills responded with what would be their longest drive of the half but missed a field goal.

Matthews went right back to work, rumbling to the 28 yard line before punching it in to give the Sabercats a 14-0 lead after the 1st quarter.

Matthews added a third score in the 2nd quarter, WR Jake Christofferson returned a punt for a score and Max Massingale hit Zach Wilson in the endzone just before halftime to put Saguaro 35-0.

Massingale hit Christofferson deep for a score to start the 2nd half and give Saguaro a 42-0 lead.

Catalina Foothills got two 4th quarter scores from senior QB Rhett Rodriguez.

Final: Saguaro 42 Catalina Foothills 14

Bottomline

Credit to Catalina Foothills for making it to their first ever title game but I think this game went about like everyone expected. Saguaro is loaded.

Game Ball

Saguaro RB Stone Matthews capped off a great career with a 3 touchdown performance.

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