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Gophers Remain Undefeated

The Gophers hosted Military Appreciation Night last Friday night.

The fifth-ranked Florence football team improved to 5 – 0 after a lopsided 61 – 7 victory  against visiting Safford on Military Appreciation Night last Friday.

Senior quarterback Jared Wood threw for three touchdowns and running back Nolan Susel rushed for 150 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Senior receiver Shane Mathis finished with a game-high 111 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. Sophomore Joshua Maignan also had two touchdown receptions in addition to a rushing touchdown and 164 all-purpose yards.

The Gophers have been prolific on offense this season, averaging 50 points per game.

Shane Mathis (24) hauls in one of his four receptions during last Friday’s game.

“It’s the work we put in throughout the week and the preparation that the coaches lay out for us during the week,” answered Wood, when asked about the Gophers’ offensive consistency. “The execution from our offensive line (too), opening the holes for Nolan and giving me time to pass the ball.”

Five Gophers finished with double-digit tackles, including Isaiah Kaaihue (11), Shane Mathis (10), Shelton Mathis (15), Trevor Heikes (10) and Nikolas Arnold (18).

Kaaihue returned one of three fumbles recovered by Florence for a touchdown. Heikes, who also led the team with two sacks, and Vonte’ Neal also recovered Bulldogs’ fumbles.

Up next:  American Leadership Academy – Queen Creek at Florence on Friday, Sept. 29. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.


Bailey Leads San Tan Foothills in Win

Sophomore running back Amahri Bailey rushed for 214 yards and three touchdowns in seventh-ranked San Tan Foothills’ 57 – 0 win against Veritas Prep last Friday night.

Bailey, who also stars at linebacker for the Cats’ defense, is averaging nearly 200 rushing yards per game. His success, as well as that of several other players, has helped the Sabercats win four of their first five games.

“If we play as a team then we’re going to continue to do big things,” said senior Sebastian Penaflor, the Cats’ leading receiver. “Our line is blocking well, which is why Amahri is getting these big runs. Everyone is doing their job properly, everything is going smoothly, and that’s why we keep winning games.”

The Cats rushed for six touchdowns against the Falcons, including a pair by senior DeRonte Pope and another from freshman Jimmy Brooks.

Freshman Justice Gutierrez caught two passes for 34 yards and a touchdown.

Up next:  Benjamin Franklin at San Tan Foothills on Friday, Sept. 29. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.


Chargers Victory Not as Easy as it Appeared

The sixth-ranked Benjamin Franklin football team scored the first 39 points of last Friday’s game at Coolidge on its way to a 39 – 10 victory.

The Chargers, who improved to 5 – 1, scored all of their points in the first half before the Bears tallied 10 points in the final quarter.

After an overtime win against Coolidge a year ago, Chargers’ head coach Dave Jefferies said his team benefitted from a 26 – 0 first-quarter lead.

“Make no mistake, Coolidge is a tough team,” Jefferies told “The two quick scores early allowed us to get a comfortable lead, but Coolidge fought and battled for four quarters.

“Had we not gone up so quickly, it may have been a different game.”

Benjamin Franklin’s special teams spearheaded the early ambush, beginning with a well-executed pooch kick on the opening kickoff that was recovered by the Chargers.

Three plays later, the Chargers held a 7 – 0 lead.

Benjamin Franklin recovered an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff, leading to sophomore Zach Jefferies five-yard rushing touchdown and a 14 – 0 lead with about 10 minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Zach Jefferies finished with a team-high 126 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries. Juniors Chandler Miles and McCalister Loving each added scoring runs.

Senior Powell Skiba led the Chargers’ defense with 12 tackles, including three sacks and five tackles-for-loss.

Danner Bowen, Cade Mcafee, Sean Crandall and Seth Hamblin all recovered Bears’ fumbles. Hamblin also returned an interception for a 30-yard pick-six.

“(It was a) great win for our program,” Dave Jefferies said.

Up next:   Benjamin Franklin at San Tan Foothills on Friday, Sept. 29. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.


All Three Phases Contribute in Patriots’ Victory

The second-ranked American Leadership Academy – Queen Creek football team benefitted from contributions on offense, defense and special teams during its 52 – 10 victory against visiting Globe last Friday night.

“We were happy with (our performance),” ALA offensive coordinator Max Hall told during a phone interview. “As a coaching staff we were happy that we were able to execute, move the ball, and do some good things after we took the starters out at the end of the first quarter.”

Six different running backs combined for 223 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries. Senior Josh McCambly led the Patriots with 68 yards on just four carries. Javan Cortes and Carter Taylor each ran for touchdowns on their lone carries in the game. Jacob Hansen and Brigham Nilsen each had a pair of carries and one touchdown apiece.

“We were able to give some guys extra game reps,” Hall said, adding there are some players who the Patriots may need contributions from when the playoffs roll around. “They were able to get in and get some good playing time and experience. We really liked what we saw on film.”

“The win was great,” he continued. “We got better by giving some other guys playing time.”

Cortes, who also had a team-high nine tackles on defense, returned a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown while senior Tanner Mclachlan scored on a 56-yard punt return.

McCambly and Tyler Peviani, a senior, each posted eight tackles against the Tigers. Hunter Moon recovered a fumble and Jakob Redford had the Patriots’ lone sack in the game.

Junior kicker Talen Rider was a perfect 7-for-7 on PAT in addition to a 31-yard field goal in the first quarter.

The win sets up a pivotal 3A Central Region contest at undefeated Florence this Friday. It’ll be Senior Night for the Gophers.

“Offensively, we just have to execute,” said Hall, looking ahead to Friday’s game. “We know there is going to be a lot of energy and emotion in the game, so we have to control (those things), execute, and play football.”

“We have to play physical football with them,” he added. “It’s a good football team.”

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