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5A Playoff Previews

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#5 Brophy @ #4 Red Mountain

Both of these teams come into this game having only lost one time, with Brophy losing to Paradise Valley and Red Mountain losing to Mt. View.  When breaking down these teams statistically they are very similar.  Brophy features a dynamic tailback in Markel DeVorce who has rushed for 1787 yards and 31 touchdowns averaging 8.6 yards a carry.  Not to be out done is Red Mountains Channing Trotter who has put up 1596 yards and 27 touchdowns averaging 8.8 yards a carry.  Also at the quarterback position Brophy signal caller Conor Hearn has 1387 yards on the year with 12 TD's and only 2 picks, compared to Red Mountains Maurice Hector who has 1200 yards 16 TD's and only 3 picks.  Both teams also feature hard hitting defenses led by some skill guys with Brophy's Mike Callaghan and Red Mountain's Greg Bird.  Brophy must find a way to contain big Jon Hargis in order for their running game to have some success.


Tale of the Tape                                                  


Brophy: Balance, Brophy had 432 yards of total offense but had 240 of it via the pass against Maryvale.  Red Mountain: Balance, Red Mountain rushed for 122         

and threw for 154 against St. Mary's                        


Last Weeks Results:


Brophy 54 Maryvale 20

Red Mountain 52  St. Mary's 7



#16 Mt. Ridge @ #9 Mt. View

After the first couple weeks of the season everybody was writing these two teams off.  Mt. Ridge opened up the year 1-4 before going on a now 6 game win streak that included wins over Maryvale and top ranked Paradise Valley last week.  Mt. View opened up their campaign 1-2 which in Toro country is almost unheard of.  Give credit to the coaching staffs at these respective schools who just kept working and got things straightened out.  Mt. Ridge is led by QB Austin Martin who has put up 1071 yards and 12 touchdowns in only seven games as the signal caller.  Mt. View counters with Tyler Mack and his 1608 yards in the air.  On the ground Mt. Ridge is led by Nick Bell with over 800 yards rushing and might have the services of Tim Ham to help this week.  Mt. View has a workhorse of their own in 1127 yard rusher Alex DeVito.  These are two well coached teams who are hitting their stride at the right time


Tale of the Tape:                                                


Mt. Ridge: On a 6 game winning streak, might return full time services of preseason all-staters Tim Ham and Nick Covey.  Mt. View: Was trailing Chandler 10-6 heading into the 4th quarter, but were able to score 10 points to pull of the victory.


Last Weeks Results:


Mt.Ridge 38 Paradise Valley 24

Mt.View 16 Chandler 13



#7 Salpointe @ #2 Hamilton

Last week Hamilton sent a message that their short lived offensive woes were behind them as they posted fifty-four points on North.  Salpointe has made it to the second round not so much on offense this year but on defense.  This game should be fun in that three of the states best wideouts will be playing in Salpointe's Jack Darlington and Evan LeBlanc along with Hamilton's Mekell Wesley.  Fans of trench warfare should enjoy watching two of the states biggest and best O lines headed by Hamilton's Ryan Tonnemacher and Salpointe's Ian Brinker.


Tale of the Tape:


Hamilton:  After sputtering against Highland and Gilbert the Hamilton offense is back on track having scored thirty five and fifty four in its last two contests.  Salpointe: On their current six game win streak, the Salpointe defense is giving up just over eight points a game.


Last Weeks Results:


Hamilton 54 North 3

Salpointe 39 Canyon del Oro 20



#14 Highland @ #11 Corona del Sol

This should be called the under dog bowl.  These are two teams that did not get much attention early and are currently playing good football at the right time.  Highland has taken a combination of ball control and tough D to make them one of the scariest outs in the playoffs.  Corona showed a ton of guts fighting back to beat Peoria last week.  In so doing they held the explosive Peoria O to seventeen points.


Tale of the Tape:


Highland:  During its current four game win streak Highland is allowing just under eleven points a game.  Remember this is against teams such as Hamilton, Chandler and Westwood.  Corona del Sol: Corona has not lost a game in two months.  In their nine wins this season they are averaging just over forty-one points a game.


Last Weeks Results:


Corona del Sol 21 Peoria 17

Highland 17 Westwood 14

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