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4A Playoff Previews

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#1 Centennial vs. #8 Chaparral

On their way to a perfect record, Centennial has cruised every game except in the week two contest against Chaparral.  In the two months since, much has changed for both teams.  The Coyotes and Firebirds have dealt with injuries to their top players in Terry Longbons and Ekom Udofia. As such they have grown in many ways.  First, Centennial has shown us that they are not a one trick pony.  RB, Tim House, QB, Joe Caskey and TE Junior Hackworth have picked up the slack offensively working their way to all-state caliber performances.  Second, a young Chaparral O has been forced to mature.  RB, Spencer Rothery has become a top back while WR Vince Coleman continues to improve.  With that said, the more things change the more they stay the same.  Friday's battle will be the Chap D versus the Centennial O.  Even with the loss of Udofia, the Firebird's D has plenty of playmakers, in Rodney Shaw, Matt Boatman and Shaun Rothery.  The Centennial O moves on the back of its O line led by mansters Bobby Torres and Jordan Lowe.  It is this unit that has allowed House and Longbons to combine for well over 2,000 yards.


Tale of the Tape:                                       

There were no rush TDs scored in the first game by either team.  Chaparral's three losses come at the hands of Centennial, Sunnyside and Saguaro by a Combined nineteen points.


Last Weeks Results:

Centennial 49 McClintock 7

Chaparral 36 Prescott 7


#4 Moon Valley vs. #5 Flagstaff

This may be the most intriguing game of the second round.  It looks to be the classic offensive vs. defensive matchup.  Flagstaff may use its huge offensive line, which averages 6'3 290, to power the ball with RB Michole Cottrell and play keep away from the explosive Moon Valley O.  Look for Moon Valley to continue to move Tsar Johnson and Chris McGaha all over the field to create offensive opportunities.  Key on either of them too much and Matt Hain may pop a big play.


Tale of the Tape:                                       

Best known for its aerial barrage, Moon Valley still  rushed for over 2,800

yards this year.  Last week, when Independence packed the box, Eagle QB Japhet Leviticus passed for 218 yards and 4 TDs.


Last Weeks Results:

Moon Valley 47 Sabino 12

Flagstaff 33 Independence 6



#3 Sunnyside vs. #6 Saguaro

Regardless of seed I'm one of those that believes you are the champ until someone beats you.  Sunnyside has not been beaten in twenty-three straight games!!  How do you win twenty-three straight?  Defense, Defense, Defense.  This year Sunnyside is giving up six points a game.  The Blue Devil's opponent this week, Saguaro, has quietly put together a 10-1 season. The Sabercats have not lost since the opening week vs. Cactus.  Their formula for success has been solid running from Tyler Porras and a D that allows under twelve points a game. 


Tale of the Tape:                                       

During the regular season, against future playoffs teams, Sunnyside allowed seven points a game. Saguaro is scoring thirty-four points a game over the last four



Last Weeks Results:

Sunnyside 47 Coconino 6

Saguaro 35 Amphitheater 10



#2 Cactus vs. #7 Cienega

Cactus has not dominated all year, yet they are 10-1 having played a very tough schedule in an attempt to return to Sun Devil stadium.  Cactus has been able to run the ball and in their ten wins have averaged nearly 210 yards rushing a game with big backs Richard Morris and Glen Koehler.  Last week, Morris had 124 yards and three TDs.  Cienega coach, Nemer Hassey has the Bobcats playing good football at the right time.  Most importantly during their last five games, Cienega, has found offensive balance averaging 128 yards passing a game and 212 yards rushing.  The offensive leaders are seniors Ryan Mills at QB and John Olague at RB.


Tale of the Tape:                                       

Last week Cactus allowed the tough Millennium run game only ninety-nine rush yards. In their last five wins Cienega is allowing less than seven points a game.


Last Weeks Results:

Cactus 27 Millennium 14

Cienega 30 Ironwood Ridge 7




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