A Closer Look

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ALA – Queen Creek Cruises Past Florence

Returning to action after its bye week, American Leadership Academy – Queen Creek dominated Florence last Friday, 59-19.

The Patriots are now 7 – 2 while the Gophers fell to 2 – 7.

The Patriots may have the best record in the 3A Central Region this year, but they are ineligible for the playoffs. If they would have been eligible for the playoffs, I would rank the Patriots as the No. 3 seed.

ALA – QC quarterback Rand Jansen (JR) threw for 278 yards on 12-of-19 passing with four touchdowns. Besides, Sjawn Hunter (FR) caught four passes for 88 yards, including two touchdowns. The freshman now has 446 receiving yards and five touchdowns this season.

The Patriots’ defense finished with seven sacks in the win over Florence. Additionally, middle linebacker Brig Nilsen had returned a pick-six for 96 yards.

In the final game of regular season, the Patriots visit Coolidge (7-2), which is looking to secure a higher seed in the playoffs.

Will ALA – QC finish its season 8 – 2, or can Coolidge pull the upset against the Patriots this Friday?


Benjamin Franklin Moves above .500 with Lopsided Win

Benjamin Franklin faced its fair share of struggles due to injuries since the beginning of season, but as some of the inured players return, the Chargers are benefitting in more ways than one, as evidenced in their 56 – 6 victory at American Leadership Academy-Ironwood last Friday.

The Chargers improved to 5 – 4 while the Warriors dropped to 1 – 8.

Chargers’ running back Chandler Miles rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries. In addition, Zach Jefferies rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on only eight carries. By game’s end, the Chargers’ rushing attacked combined for 411 yards and seven touchdowns.

“We played well in our win over ALA – Ironwood,” Benjamin Franklin head coach Dave Jefferies told me. “Our offensive line opened up some nice holes to allow Zach and Chandler to do their usual thing running the football in the first half.

“In the second half we were able to get some of our backup running backs in to get some carries,” he continued. “Both Andrew Chambers and Bryston Jackson came in and ran the ball pretty well.”

Chambers and Jackson combined for 112 yards on eight carries.

“Now that some of our injured guys have come back we are not only finding a second wind with some fresh bodies stepping in,” Jefferies said. “But we now have more depth because of all the experience that was gained. So, we’re starting to view some of the adversity we faced as a blessing in disguise.”

The Chargers are preparing for their regular-season finale against San Tan Foothills (3 – 6). Will Benjamin Franklin extend its two-game winning streak, or can San Tan Foothills upset the Chargers’ playoff hopes this Friday?