3A State Semi-Finals

Recaps of Blue Ridge/Fountain Hills and Payson/Wickenburg

Blue Ridge v. Fountain Hills


The Blue Ridge defense forced a Fountain Hills punt and scored on their first possesion and never looked back.

Their first score came on a 23 yard Griffin Sturm scamper and this fueled BR to score on their first four drives of the game.

Sturm added the next two scores for the Yellow Jackets. He got his second rushing TD of night on the next drive, this one from 28 yards out and caught a Dustin Simmons pass and raced 50 yards in to make the score 20-0.

Simmons hooked up with Keevan Schimmel from 45 yards out to up the lead to 26-0 at the half.

Blue Ridge got scores Jack Jordan on a 30 yard INT return for a score and Sturm intercepted a pass of his own and raced in from 80 yards out.

Final- Blue Ridge 40  Fountain Hills 0

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Griffin Sturm for his four TDs.

Payson v. Wickenburg


These teams excahnged punts and it would be Payson that jumped out to an early lead. QB Ridge Halenar hooked up with Westin Gibson to put the Longhorns in scoring position with a 30 yard pass. FB/LB David Carlen got in from 1 yard out to make it 7-0.

It looked like the Wranglers would match as they drove the field and had 1st and goal inside the 10 but Payson's D stiffened and forced a field goal. So everyone thought. Wickneburg faked it but it was stuffed by the Longhorn defense. The offense then drove 95 yards and scored with 30 seconds left in the first half. Halenar got in from short yardage and Payson took a 14-0 lead into the half.

Wickenburg fumbled the opening kickoff, Payson recovered and scored after Halenar found Gibson in the endzone two plays later. It was 21-0 and this game was pretty much over.

Payson scored on a short Carlen run and Wickenburg got on the board in the 4th when Chance Thompson plunged in from 1 yard deep.

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Payson's defense. They had a near shutout, made the crucial goal line stand and had the fumble recovery to start the half. 

Blue Ridge and Payson play next Saturday at NAU at 5 pm.

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