Another weekend of Arizona high school football is history, sort of. Weather created some problems friday night, with lightning causing a few games to be cancelled, postponed, or forfeited after play began. Luckily, the majority of games were played and completed. Here’s a look at a few of the best games from week 3.
Brophy vs. Red Mountain
This Division I clash featured knotmove.com’s #6 ranked Brophy against #10 Red Mountain. Red Mountain entered after a devastating loss to Mesquite the previous week, while Brophy was trying to keep their unbeaten season alive. Red Mountain’s Cougar Garcia began the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown run to cap a long early drive. Brophy responded quickly with junior Devon Allen’s 8-yard score, and that was just the beginning of his big night. Allen also scored on a punt return and a long touchdown reception on his way to over 200 total yards. Lightning delayed the game for about an hour after halftime, and Brophy was able to control the remaining time of possession to close out the victory, 31-13.
Queen Creek vs. Perry
This game was a cross division matchup and turned out to be possibly the best of the week. Division II Gilbert Perry came in as the sixth ranked team visiting Division III, third ranked Queen Creek. Perry started quickly, building a 14-0 halftime lead and stifling Queen Creek quarterback Zach Stimatze. However, a two hour weather delay seemed to halt all momentum, while reviving Queen Creek’s running attack. Running back Shaq Johnson almost single handedly brought Queen Creek back in the second half. After relinquishing the lead, Perry scored on running back Dalton Bluebaugh’s run to send the game to overtime. Queen Creek’s Steele McBride intercepted an overtime pass, and Johnson won the game with a 6-yard touchdown run. Johnson finished with a monster 208 yard, three touchdown performance.
Canyon del Oro vs. Cesar Chavez
Canyon del Oro was off to a very disappointing 0-2 start following their run to the state championship game last year. They traveled to up and coming Laveen Cesar Chavez, who cracked knotmove.com’s top 10 for the first time after week 2. Cesar Chavez looked the part early, leading 14-7 at halftime even after surrendering a fumble on a late drive in the second quarter. Canyon del Oro looked like a different team starting the 3rd quarter, breaking free on a long touchdown run and picking off two Cesar Chavez throws on consecutive possessions. The opportunistic defense was rewarded by CDO’s offense and they reeled off 21 points in the first five minutes of the second half. Credit Cesar Chavez for hanging tough, as they came back to score a short touchdown run to cut the lead to seven. After recovering a bad snap on a punt for another touchdown, they looked prime to tie the game. Unfortunately, a missed extra point proved to be the difference as Canyon del Oro staved off a last minute score with an interception in the end zone to seal the deal, 28-27.