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ALA Cruises Past Northwest Christian, Again

The third-ranked American Leadership Academy football team defeated No. 6 Northwest Christian last Friday, 48 – 21.

The win was the Patriots third-straight against the Crusaders, dating back to last season, when ALA won during the regular season and again in a 3A state semifinal game.

The Patriots scored at least 10 points in each quarter on their way to the lopsided win.

Senior quarterback Matthew Nevill threw for 276 yards on 15-of-21 passing and a pair of touchdowns. Running back Tarrick Workman, a senior, rushed for a game-high 177 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots’ fourth win of the season.

“We are very excited about (last Friday night),” Patriots head coach Rich Edwards wrote in a text to County Line Preps. “To be able to run the ball against a very good Northwest Christian team was good for us.

“Our offensive line and running backs were physical and that was big,” he continued. “Our passing game was just as efficient, and our defense was big all night.”

Receivers Kade Lunt (98), Bujon Boyd (89) and Tanner Mclachlan (93) combined for 280 receiving yards.

Senior Jakob Redford led the Patriots’ defense with seven tackles, including two tackles-for-loss and a pair of sacks. Hunter Moon and Javan Cortes each finished with six tackles. Boyd had an interception in the game in addition to 123 all-purpose yards and a touchdown.

The Patriots will host Globe for Homecoming on Friday before another stiff test the following week at undefeated and fifth-ranked Florence.

“There can be a lot of distractions during Homecoming week,” Edwards said. “But I think our guys understand that each week we need to focus on us and getting better. I think we’ll be fine.”


Florence Remains Undefeated after Homecoming Victory

Seniors Nolan Susel and Jared Wood continued to fill the stat sheet while the Gophers’ defense held its third-straight opponent to less than 17 points, leading fifth-ranked Florence to a decisive 41 – 16 win over Blue Ridge on Homecoming last Friday night.

Susel rushed for 244 yards and three touchdowns against the Yellow Jackets, his third-consecutive game with at least 200 yards rushing.

“Anytime my performance is recognized at running back I have to give credit to my offensive line,” Susel told County Line Preps. “Without it, I would not have the season I have been having. Also, I have to give credit to Dr. Porman for keeping me healthy and fresh.”

Wood threw three more touchdowns in Friday’s win, bringing his season total to 10 after just four games. The Gophers’ signal-caller is averaging nearly 250 passing yards per game as well.

Jared Wood.

Vonte’ Neal caught two of Wood’s scoring passes, Koby Cressy hauled in the other.

Tyson Trejo and Shelton Mathis, both seniors, led the Gophers’ defense with 14 and 13 tackles, respectively.

Isaiah Kaaihue had an interception.

Florence plays at Safford this Friday before hosting No. 3 American Leadership Academy the following week in a game that features two of the conference’s top state title contenders.

“We like to take it game by game,” Susel said. “You never want to look past a team, especially a team like Safford. We are preparing for a tough game this Friday.”


Benjamin Franklin Extends Win Streak to Four

After a season-opening loss to Queen Creek neighbor and defending State Champion American Leadership Academy, the seventh-ranked Chargers defeated winless Valley Christian on the road last Friday night, 42 – 14.

The victory was the Chargers fourth in-a-row, all of them by lopsided margins.

During the four-game winning streak Benjamin Franklin is averaging 55 points per game and has outscored its opponents, 220 – 44.

“I don’t know that we have played any better the last four weeks than we did in our opener,” Chargers head coach Dave Jefferies said. “We just happen to be facing the defending state champion in that game.

“One thing we have done in all five games is play to our potential,” he added. “Regardless of the competition, our kids have come out fired up and ready to play. Can’t ask for much more than that as a coach.”

The Chargers’ starting defense did not allow the Trojans to gain a first down in Friday’s win and their offense ended all six possessions with touchdowns.

Zach Jefferies, a sophomore, and junior Chandler Miles rushed for 147 and 169 yards, respectively. Jefferies ran for touchdown and Miles, who also had a 46-yard touchdown reception, rushed for two more.

Senior quarterback Chase Adams completed 5-of-8 passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns, including one to Austin Bateman, a junior.

Jacob Glover and Seth Hamblin each recorded sacks on defense and Carter Davis recovered a fumble.

Two years ago, the Trojans defeated the Chargers on the same field, 44 – 19.

The results were nearly the exact opposite last Friday.

Jefferies encouraged his team to reflect where it was then and where it is now, adding that the postgame was an “emotional moment for all of us.”

“I’m very proud of how far our program has come over the last couple of years,” Jefferies said.

The Chargers play the second of three-straight road games this Friday at Coolidge, a team they defeated last year in overtime, 34 – 31.

“We have to put it all behind us,” said Jefferies, referring to the last four games. “Our only concern is preparing for a game against Coolidge.”


Bailey Leads San Tan Foothills in Rout

Sophomore running back Amahri Bailey rushed for 302 yard and four touchdowns in the ninth-ranked Sabercats’ 49 – 7 blowout victory at Antelope last Friday night.

Bailey and senior DeRonte Pope accounted for all 382 rushing yards in the game. The duo also scored six of the Cats’ seven touchdowns, including one rushing and one receiving from Pope.

Senior Sebastian Penaflor scored the Cats’ other touchdown.

After suffering its first loss two weeks ago at Gilbert Christian, San Tan Foothills entered last Friday’s game against the Rams coming off its bye week.

“The bye week helped us get ready,” Bailey told County Line Preps. “The offensive line helped me get those 300-plus yards. It worked on blocking all week and (the results) showed.”

The Cats opened a 35 – 0 lead at the end of the opening quarter and added two more touchdowns in the second half, one in each of the third and fourth quarters.

Junior kicker Brandon McMahan was 7-for-7 on PAT.

Up next:  Veritas Prep at San Tan Foothills. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.