A look at the Unbeatens (Part 2)
Perry offense continues to keep eyes on the ball while piling up points
WEEKLY BLOG: 9/27/16
You may have noticed that a streak ended here on the site last weekend as no new game recap was posted.
I was out of the country enjoying my 25th wedding anniversary seeing the sites of Paris. Although it was the first time since 2008 (a stretch of 107 consecutive weeks) that I wasn't at a game, by the power of Twitter, I was able to be there in spirit keeping up with the second halves of the 42 6A and 5A games being played across the state.
Of the 12 unbeaten teams that appeared in this space last week, five saw the dream of perfection end as Dobson lost a close game to Desert Vista, Skyline dropped their contest to Hamilton by a touchdown, Kellis lost a close one as Mesquite rallied past them, Ironwood Ridge traveled up to Queen Creek and was surprisingly crushed by 25, and Campo Verde was drubbed by Williams Field in a matchup of Gilbert schools. Williams Field remains one of seven that have still yet to lose
The (Still) Unblemished:
Last Week's result: Defeated Mesa Mountain View, 20-17. The Broncos were limited to just one offensive touchdown (a 1-yard run) and scored the rest of its points on special teams. Nico Nicholson returned a kick for 95 yards and Trevor Eldean added a pair of field goals. It was the first of Brophy's wins decided by less than 14 points. Jordan Briggs and William Gerkensmeyer each had interceptions for the BCP defense.
This Friday's game: Host Hamilton (4-1) at Phoenix College. Last year, the Huskies came in undefeated to the Week 7 matchup and the Broncos took Hamilton to overtime before losing 38-35. In the first AIA/MaxPreps football rankings, Brophy is at #2 and Hamilton is positioned at #4.
MOUNTAIN POINTE (5-0)
Last Week's result: Defeated Pinnacle, 62-34. The Pride led by just eight points at the half, but pulled away in the third quarter outscoring the Pioneers 20-0. That third quarter was highlighted by Gary Bragg's second TD run of the game, Isaiah Pola-Mao's pick six (his 3rd TD on the night), and a fumble recovery touchdown by Xaiver Cota. The Pride have defeated all four of its Arizona foes by 28 or more points. Quarterback Noah Grover completed just nine passes (of 15 attempted), but had 220 yards and three touchdown passes.
This Friday's game: Host Desert Vista (2-3) in the annual Ahwatukee Bowl. This will be the 20th game between the schools (Desert Vista leads 10-9) and Mountain Pointe is trying to win it for the fifth straight year. The Pride is atop the AIA/MaxPreps rankings while the Thunder is ranked #13.
Last Week's result: Defeated Highland, 59-49. The Pumas jumped out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead and kept Highland at bay in an offensive shootout. Each starting quarterback - Perry's Brock Purdy and Highland's Jake Kersting - had six touchdown passes. This was the fifth time in six games that Perry has scored 40 or more points. Sophomore wide receiver D'Shayne James led the pass-catching squad with seven receptions for 140 yards and two scores.
This Friday's game: Perry doesn't have one as the Pumas are on their bye week. It means an extra week to prepare for Chandler at home in Gilbert on October 7. Perry is ranked #3 in the AIA/MaxPreps rankings.
Last Week's result: Defeated Tucson, 66-34. The Bobcats displayed their high-powered offense with the most points they've scored in a game since 2002. Five different players (new Arizona commit Jamarye Joiner, Aaron Sauls, Sa Vaughn Bryant-Carter, Thomas Webb, and Dakota Poe) had rushing touchdowns. Cienega has scored at least 40 points in all five of its games. Joiner played quarterback, running back, and receiver and had 241 yards of total offense.
This Friday's game: Travel to Salpointe (4-1) in Tucson. Cienega defeated the Lancers last season 34-31 in overtime keeping Salpointe out of the playoffs (SC finished 17th in Division II). This year, both teams look postseason bound as the Bobcats are #2 in 5A and Salpointe is #8 in 4A in the AIA/Maxpreps rankings.
DESERT EDGE (5-0)
Last Week's result: Desert Edge began its season in Week 0 (with a win over Centennial) and had its open date last Friday.
This Friday's game: Travel to Agua Fria (1-5) in Avondale. Last year, the Scorpions set a state rushing record with 728 yards in an 83-27 win over Agua Fria. Desert Edge is top-ranked in 5A while the Owls enter ranked #37 on the AIA/MaxPreps list.
DESERT VIEW (5-0)
Last Week's result: Defeated Sunnyside, 42-20. It was just the second time ever and first since 1989 that the Jaguars were winners against their district rivals. Alex Courtemanche rushed for 242 yards and three touchdowns and was on the DVHS team that finished 0-10 in '14. Sunnyside became the first team to score 20 points against Desert View, but they all came in the fourth quarter and it was too little, too late. Junior Chris Aros continued the ground onslaught with a 71-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
This Friday's game: Travel to Cholla (1-4) in Tucson. This will be the first meeting between the teams since 2012 (a 43-35 Jaguar win). Desert View is ranked #5 while the Chargers come in at #33 in the AIA/MaxPreps rankings.
WILLIAMS FIELD (6-0)
Last Week's result: Defeated Campo Verde, 43-14. The Black Hawks knocked CV from the list of unbeatens as they forced four turnovers. Tre' Bugg and Braden Valentine picked off passes while Shavez Hawkins and A.J. Robinson recovered fumbles for Williams Field. Bugg's was brought back for a touchdown. Each of the Black Hawks' wins have come by 19 or more points. Offensively, quarterback Zach Shepherd had 255 yards and three TD passes (two to Max Fine).
This Friday's game: Travel to Poston Butte (3-2) in San Tan Valley. This will be the first matchup between the two since 2012 (a 32-29 WFHS win). In the AIA/MaxPreps rankings, Williams Field is #3 while the Broncos come in at #24.
PHOTO CAPTION: Perry long snapper Adam Higuera prepares to launch another perfect one to his punter from a road game earlier this season. The Arizona Cardinals have reminded us of the importance of the long snapper position this season and Higuera is one of the best in the state. He currently has college offers from New Mexico State, Tulsa, and Wyoming. Most of Higuera's long snaps this year have been to the holder as the Pumas have 28 touchdowns and eight field goals versus just 11 punts.
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