Notre Dame v. Queen Creek

Both teams came in to this game with nice win streaks but very opposite styles of play. Most expected this to be a closer then the outcome showed as Notre Dame's passing attack was too much for Queen Creek.

Queen Creek's offense received the ball and got one first down before punting the ball away. The Notre Dame offense went right to work, marching 87 yards on 12 plays to take an early 7-0 lead.

On the drive Sean Renfree hooked up with Brandon Hirneise 5 times for 68 yards, including the 22 yarder that put the Saints ahead.

The ND defense held QC to -1 yards on the next series and forced another punt. It only took ND four plays to score on their next possession. Renfree found Hirneise for another score, this one covering 57 yards. Score 14-0 at the end of 1.

The action slowed down at the beginning of the second with the teams exchanging punts and Notre Dame fumbling the ball away in the red-zone.

Renfree found Andy Wilder for a 28 yard score midway through the second, 21-0 all Notre Dame.

Queen Creek dug the hole even deeper when QB Richie Edwards through an INT that Andy Wilder ran back for another score on the first play of their next possession. And if things couldn't get worse, QC threw another INT with under a minute to go and ND capitalized when Renfree hit Austin Briehl for his fourth TD of the game.

Score at half, Notre Dame 35 Queen Creek 0.

Halftime thoughts: I was very impressed with Notre Dame's ability to shut down Queen Creek's rushing attack. We all knew they could score but the D set the tome of this game early.

Notre Dame missed a FG on their first possession of the half but this was their only real blemish.

Both teams exchanged scores in the 3rd quarter, RB Jake Goddard scored form 10 yards out to give QC their first score and ND RB Patrick Foley scored late in the 3rd from two yards out.

Score after 3- Notre Dame up 42-7.

Queen Creek added a TD and two-point conversion in the 4th to make the final 42-15 Notre Dame.

Bottomline: Notre Dame was in control of this game from the get-go. They played strong defense and their passing attack was too much for Queen Creek to handle. They face Higley in the semi-finals in two weeks.

Game Ball: Pick your player. Sean Renfree or Brandon Hirneise. Both played great.


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