As playoffs grow closer it is the time of year when big plays and big performances can make the difference between which teams make playoffs and which teams go home early. Here is a quick look at some of the phenoms for this week.
Chavez' Terence Brown rushed for 213 yards and two touchdowns in the win over South Mountain. He will need another big night this upcoming Friday as his team takes on #1 ranked North. Two other backs that went big this weekend were Payson's Luke Apfel who ran for 395 yards and three touchdowns and Valley Lutheran's DJ Lillard who rushed for 285 yards, and three touchdowns.
This is the year of the big fullback and two of the best in the state are Mountain Point's Michael Moore who had 27 carries for 337 yards, and five touchdowns and Bradshaw Mountain's Adam Beauchamp who led his team with 24 carries for 303 yards and five touchdowns in a wild win over Cactus Shadows. For the season, Beauchamp is averaging 203 yards rushing a game to go with twenty TDs. Moore has rushed for just under 600 yards and seven TDs in the last two games.
QBs got in the action also. Mingus' Jay Arthur completed 6 of 14 passes for one touchdown and 142 yards and also rushed 15 times for 162 yards and one touchdown on the way to a 40-15 win over Coconino. Mesa's quarterback Nick Hume had four touchdowns in the win over Dobson. In Tucson Michael Robertson had 270 yards of offense and three TDs leading his Cienega team to a win over Catalina Foothills.
Maryvale's Oscar Navarro passed for 331 yards and three touchdowns, and Ronald Huckaby had 231 yards rushing and two touchdowns. This dynamic duo is a big part of the Panthers scoring forty-five points a game this season.
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