Game Previews October 21 - 22
We love this time of the high school football season! Contenders are starting to separate from pretenders. Region wins and losses decide who plays on and who goes home.
As always we begin with our Thursday night matchup as the Desert Vista Thunder host the Marcos de Niza Padres. If either team hopes to have a shot at the region title Thursday is a must win. Desert Vista is led by the offensive trio of QB Pete Hargis, RB Chris Brogdon and WR Mike Tamez. Brogdon is on fire, averaging over 190 yards rushing a game over the last three contests, Including 202 against Mountain View last week. The Padres will counter with explosive RB Terrance Hooks who went for nearly 150 last week. Hooks has the ability to take it to the house on any play. Look for some great runs in this one.
Friday night coverage is highlighted with our Tucson game as 4A # 1 Sunnyside welcomes 4A #8 Ironwood Ridge. Sunnyside has been on cruise control the past four games outscoring opponents 238 to 19. Ironwood Ridge boast a strong defense that is allowing just over ten points a game so far this season. Wildcat fans that make it to the game can watch two of Coach Stoops' top recruits as Sunnyside RB Xavier Smith and Ironwood Ridge OL Daniel Borg square off. This game will likely decide the Sonaran region champ.
Another great matchup takes place as 5A #2 Paradise Valley hosts 5A #9 St. Mary's. The question in this game will be which defense can stop the opponent's high powered offense. Paradise Valley may have the top run duo in the state with RBs Matt Clapp and Aazaad Muhammad while St. Mary's may have the top pass duo with QB Dante Johnson and WR John Means. Look for lots of points in this contest.
Another game with huge region implications is Goldwater at Maryvale. Goldwater brings a varied offense spurred by QB Brian Harvey. Harvey is a threat to run or throw and puts up over 200 yards of offense a game. Maryvale is riding a three game win streak and is undefeated in the region.
Our final game has Agua Fria hosting Mohave in a west valley region that is up for grabs. The Agua Fria offense is averaging 43 points a game in its last three contest.
Again, help us bring you the best coverage possible. The chat room will be open after the games so football fans across the state can talk scores, highlights and players.