Friday Night Phenoms

As Playoffs near, who stepped up big?

They say that big time players show up in big time games. Well the playoffs are about to start and every game is crucial, teams are jockeying for playoff spots and one play can make or break a team's season. Here are some of the players that were huge last Friday Night.


Let's start with the quarterbacks; Brophy QB Bryan Berens has filled in admirably for the departed Conor Hearn. Friday he threw for 295 yards and was 12 of 16 with two TDs. Salpointe QB Max Fritz went off and threw for 412 yards and 3 TDs in their victory over Tucson. Mingus QB Jay Arthur has been a threat through the air and on the ground. He ran for 220 yards on just 11 carries last week versus Bradshaw Mountain.


Sunnyslope QB Sean Maraz and WR TJ Campbell are one of the better pitch/catch combos in AZ. In their victory over Washington, Maraz was 13 of 18 for 196 yards and five passing TDs. Campbell caught two touchdown passes and accounted for 134 of the receiving yards. Another receiver that was on fire was Queen Creek's Cory Odell. He caught 9 balls for 196 yards and 1 score.


Of course running is the name of the game in high school football and there were no shortages of good performances last week. In a losing effort Prince Amukamara rushed for 341 yards and two touchdowns. His nemesis was Greenway's Kenton Thomas who had 289 all purpose yards and 4 scores of his own.


Two players that were relatively unknown coming into the season were Glendale's Jack Alokpovi and Mt. Pointe's Michael Moore. Alokpovi rushed for 234 yards and four touchdowns while Moore rushed for 279 yards on 18 carries for four touchdowns.


And they say defense wins championships, and two defenses that played well were Flagstaff's, holding Page to 25 passing yards and Chavez's, who forced 6 turnovers in their upset win over North to clinch the Metro Region Championship.

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