A Closer Look

2 years ago Andrew Luberda 0

Hello, my name is Angel Bandilla. I am new a writer for County Line Preps and team reporter for Imagine Prep-Superstition (Apache Junction). I want to thank Andrew Luberda for giving me an opportunity. I am looking forward to working with Country Line Preps and writing my stories about high school football teams.

A few months ago, the Arizona Interscholastic Association placed American Leadership Academy-Queen Creek’s varsity football team on probation for one year after it used an ineligible player last season. As a result, ALA-QC’s 13 wins last season were taken away and, unfortunately, the Patriots are ineligible for the playoffs this season.

In my opinion, if the Patriots would not have placed on probation, they would have high chance of winning the state championship. They lost a lot of graduated players and need others to fill in those shoes.

ALA-QC lost to Thatcher, which was the 2A state champion last season, two weeks ago, 30 – 10.

Last week, the Patriots faced Phoenix Christian, a top ranked team in 2A.

The Patriots were trailing 21 – 7 in the 3rd quarter until about five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, when they trailed, 21 – 20. With only 11 seconds left, ALA-QC kicker Talen Rider (SR) had a chance to kick a field goal for a game winner.

Guess what?

He made it!

The Patriots won, 23 – 21.

At one point trailing by 14 points to defeating Phoenix Christian by one point, ALA-QC improved to 3 – 1, thanks to Rider’s game winner.

ALA-QC quarterback Izaiah Anderson (JR) had 129 passing yards with one touchdown. ALA-QC running back Aziya Jamison (FR) had 61 rushing yards on 14 carries. ALA-QC middle linebacker Brig Nilsen (SR) had 11 tackles. Behind him, cornerback Chris Brown (JR) had 10 tackles, including six solo tackles.

The Patriots have a tough schedule, including the next three games versus Yuma Catholic, at American Leadership Academy-Gilbert North, and Benjamin Franklin at home.

Yuma Catholic is seeking a revenge on ALA-QC this Friday after losing to the Patriots in the second round of AIA playoff last season, 28 – 21.

Will Yuma Catholic’s revenge be sweet? Or can the Patriots improve to 4 – 1?

Friday’s kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.