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Patriots win Battle of ALA Schools

In an inter-district, cross-town matchup last Friday night, American Leadership Academy – Queen Creek visited ALA – Ironwood and defeated the Warriors in their AIA debut, 68 – 3.

The Patriots’ offense totaled nearly 400 yards and capitalized on turnovers created by the defense, which also recorded a safety. Junior Carter Taylor scored on specials teams, returning a Warriors’ punt 38 yards to extend the Patriots’ lead to 54 – 3 in the closing minutes of the third quarter.

“We played well,” Patriots head coach Rich Edwards said afterwards. “ALA – Ironwood made some mistakes and we capitalized on them.”

“They could not generate any offense,” Edwards added. “Our defense played aggressively and (created) some turnovers.”

Senior Brig Nilsen finished with a team-high eight tackles, while junior linebacker Marcus Ferrin ended with five, including three tackles-for-loss and a sack. He also recovered a fumble.

On offense, freshman Aziya Jamison impressed in his varsity debut, rushing for 128 yards and a pair of touchdowns on only eight carries. Junior William Brown had only one carry, but he made it count with a 57-yard touchdown run. Freshman receiver Sjawn Hunter had three receptions for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterbacks Logan Hubler and Izaiah Anderson combined to complete 11-of-14 passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns.

Up next: The Patriots will host defending 2A State Champion Thatcher this Friday night. The Eagles defeated Morenci in their home opener last week, 15 – 0. This week’s game will be played at ALA – Ironwood. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.


Broncos HC “Proud” After Loss to Powerhouse Saguaro

Even after 45-point loss to eventual six-time defending State Champion Saguaro, Poston Butte head coach Dain Thompson took great pride in how his team performed during the 48 – 3 defeat last Friday night.

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“(It) sounds odd, and I can say that I have never felt this way before in my life, but I was really proud of my team despite (the) loss,” Thompson told “(We) played really hard. We were completely overmatched physically, but we played with great energy and great effort.”

The Broncos posted 170 yards of total offense, including 168 rushing yards, against a Sabercats’ defense full of players holding D-1 college offers.

“(The) game plan was to run the ball no matter what,” Thompson said. “We left it in the hands of our line to get us some first downs, so we could try to keep the ball away from that explosive offense as long as possible. I thought all the backs ran with attitude.”

Senior Carlos Roman rushed for a team-high 62 yards while junior Khalil Cooper added 48. The passing game (1-of-2 for two yards) was essentially non-existent for good reason.

“They have all their defensive backs, linebackers and defensive ends with D-1 offers, throwing was not going to be in our favor,” said Thompson.

The Broncos recovered a fumble on special teams and another on defense.

“If we can play as hard and tough every week as we did last Friday, then we may have found our identity as a team,” Thompson said.

Up next:  The Battle on Gantzel rivalry is renewed. The Broncos travel nine miles north on Ironwood/Gantzel Road to play Combs, which suffered a 53 – 14 loss at Mingus in its opener last week. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.


Coyotes Can’t Contain Mingus in Loss

The Combs football team suffered a 53 – 14 defeat at Cottonwood Mingus last Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

The Marauders racked up over 600 yards of offense – 257 passing and 390 rushing – against the Coyotes. Senior running back Alex Nelson ran for 326 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Antoine Zabala threw for 257 yards and four touchdowns.

“We were really outmatched on the outside,” Combs head coach Travis Miller told “Mingus was surprising athletic. We struggled up front a little, but a lot of the was on the edge, so that is something we are looking to clean up this week.”

The Coyotes show improvement compared to their performance in the opener a year ago. Junior quarterback Trey Buck completed 10-of-17 passes for 144 yards. Junior Deven Mock had a team-high four receptions for 62 yards. Senior running backs Cody White and Jordan Lee combined for 82 rushing yards.

“Offensively, we executed our plays and had some decent drives,” Miller said. “We really didn’t have any miscues on offense, outside of an errant snap on special teams and one out of shotgun, so that was pleasing to see a change from last year.”

Junior cornerback Brayden Bernal had a sack and an interception. Antonio Horrison, a senior, also had pick and Sonatane Taunima recorded the Yotes’ other sack. Free safety Joey Jensen, a sophomore, also played well on defense, according to Miller.

“Our boys know what they are doing,” Miller said. “They understand football, they get things. They played tough (Friday night).”

Up next:  The Battle on Gantzel rivalry is renewed. Combs will host Poston Butte. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.



Missed Tackles, Turnovers Prove Costly in San Tan Foothills Loss

Through the first quarter of last Friday’s home opener, the San Tan Foothills football team looked like it was in for a shootout against visiting Odyssey Institute with the scored tied, 14 – 14.

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Looks can be deceiving, however, as Odyssey Institute outscored the Sabercats 19 – 0 the rest of the way for a decisive 33 – 14 victory.

“Stopping the running game was a problem for us against Odyssey,” San Tan Foothills head coach George De La Torre said. “Missed tackles and their very tough running back created problems for defensively.”

Minotaur junior running back Chris Weaver ran for 246 yards of his team’s 395 rushing yards, including an 83-yard touchdown run. Odyssey averaged more than 14 yards per carry.

The Cats didn’t get much help for their offense, which committed four turnovers in the game.

“Offensively, we had three fumbles and a pick, which either killed our drives or stalled them with no responsive measure.”

Up next: The Sabercats travel to Eloy to play 2017 2A State Runner-up Santa Cruz, which suffered a surprising 28 – 22 overtime upset loss at home against Sahuarita last Friday night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.