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From Oct. 13:

Susel Leads Gophers to Win at Globe

Florence senior running back Nolan Susel rushed for a season-high five touchdowns and caught another in the then fourth-ranked Gophers’ 56 – 6 victory at Globe on Oct. 13.

The defense had three interceptions, one apiece by Chris Cline, Shane Mathis and Joshua Maignan. Trevor Heikes, Isaiah Kaaihue, Jacob Mejia, and Nikolas Arnold each recorded a sack in the win. Arnold and Shelton Mathis finished with 12 and 10 tackles, respectively.

The Gophers started slow but starting rolling in the second quarter on their way to lopsided victory.

“It was a good, solid win against Globe,” Gophers’ head coach Scott Howard told via email. “I wasn’t happy with the execution in the first half, but was happy with our effort in the second half. We played more like Florence football.”

Senior quarterback Jared Wood threw for 233 yards and a pair of touchdowns, one each to Susel and Vonte’ Neal, the latter on the receiving end of an 80-yard scoring play.

Susel, who ran for 255 yards, has scored at least two rushing touchdowns in five of six games to this point of the season. This game marked the fourth time the likely Player of the Year candidate ran for more than 230 yards in a game.

“Nolan is a tough, athletic runner,” Howard said. “He is deceivingly fast. He has football speed.”

“What makes him special is his vision,” he continued. “I think Nolan is one of the most underrated running backs in the state at all levels. He also has the benefit of having an older, experienced offensive line in front of him.”

Pope, Bailey Run San Tan Foothills to Victory

San Tan Foothills’ running backs DeRonte Pope and Amahri Bailey combined for 422 rushing yards and five touchdowns in a 41 – 20 win at Chandler Prep on Oct. 13.

Pope, a senior, ran for 323 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 98-yard scoring play. Bailey, a sophomore, finished with 109 yards and three touchdowns.

A late first-interception returned for a touchdown allowed the Titans to stay in the game at halftime only trailing, 20 – 14.

The Sabercats put the Titans away though in the second half, outscoring them 21 – 6.

Junior Caden Husar accounted for the Cats’ other touchdown in the game.

White, Coyotes Rout Coronado, 48 – 7

Junior running back Cody White accounted for 269 of Combs’ 428 rushing yards in a lopsided 48 – 7 victory at Coronado on Oct. 13.

Elijah Nelson, a senior, ran for 54 yards on five carries and junior Sonatane Taunima finished with 90 rushing yards in the game.

The Yotes’ defense was stellar again, virtually shutting out the Dons, whose lone score was a pick-six on defense.

Senior linebacker Junior Loggins scored on defense, returning a punt blocked by teammate Isiah Jacobs for a touchdown. Senior Tahro Hasty had two sacks and a fumble recovery while Aaron Henry and Francisco Munoz each came up with interceptions.

With the win, the Coyotes improved to 2 – 1 in region games, keeping alive their hopes of a region championship and the accompanying automatic playoff berth for another week.

“I am proud of the boys for their effort,” Combs head coach Travis Miller said. “We executed our game plan and a lot of people got involved.”

“It was a total team effort,” he added. “The offensive line also had a dominant performance up front, paving the way for a lot of rushing yards.”

White, a transfer from Highland, missed the first five weeks of the season as a result of the transfer rule. His workload has increased each week since he entered the lineup, culminating with him being selected our Player of the Week.

“Our offense has really blossomed,” Miller said. “Cody White has really stepped up and found his grove, and our new wide receiver Francisco “Chico” Munoz has been a nice addition.”

From Oct. 20

Patriots’ Defense, Special Teams Star in Win

The defending state champions appear to be peaking at the right time in all three phases, as evidenced in a 70 – 3 victory over visiting Coolidge on Senior Night last Friday.

For the second time in as many games, the second-ranked Patriots scored on offense, defense and special teams, including two fumble returns, a pick-six, a punt return, and a kickoff return.

The Patriots’ seniors.

Cameron Rogers and Hunter Moon, both seniors, each returned fumbles  for touchdowns. Jake Vurpillat returned a pick-six for the second time this season, Tanner Mclachlan returned a punt for a touchdown in consecutive games, and Bujon Boyd returned a kickoff for a score, his first of the season.

“As we get closer to the playoffs, the athletes have raised their intensity during practice, and it showed during this game,” ALA-Queen Creek defensive coordinator James Verenski told “When opportunity presented itself, our athletes took advantage of it.”

The Patriots were efficient offensively, especially senior quarterback Matthew Nevill, who completed 10-of-10 passes for 112 yards and three touchdowns. Boyd, Mclachlan and Kade Lunt each hauled in one of Nevill’s scoring tosses.

Tarrik Workman and Jacob Hansen each added rushing touchdowns.

The Patriots have outscored their last four opponents by a combined score of 221 – 26. None of those opponents scored more than 10 points in a game, including Coolidge, which was held to a field goal.

As they saying goes, defense wins championships.

Perhaps back-to-back championships?

“Ultimately, the goal is to win a championship,” Verenski said. “However, our focus is getting better every game through being fundamentally sound with the mentality of bend but don’t break. With this mindset we feel like when opportunity presents itself good things happen.”

Up next:  ALA at Safford, Friday, Oct. 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Larsen Throws Five TD’s in First Half; Queen Creek still Undefeated

Queen Creek junior quarterback Devin Larsen threw five touchdown passes and completed 10-of-12 passes for 251 yards – in the first half alone – in the second-ranked Bulldogs’ 63 – 21 victory at Vista Grande last Friday night.

Jake Ayala (2) and Dylan Borja caught first-quarter touchdowns to stake the Bulldogs to a 22 – 7 lead. Garrett Duke caught a touchdown pass and returned a punt for another, Dante Coleman scored on a 19-yard pass play, and Armando Orona returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, all in the second quarter, which ended with Queen Creek leading, 50 – 14.

“It was good to see us come out fast and do the things we needed to do,” Bulldogs’ head coach Travis Schureman told “Sometimes there’s a letdown against a team that is struggling, but I thought we were successful and it was good to get some other guys a chance to play.”

Junior Kenny Forbis ran for a second-half touchdown and defensive back Ty Moore returned a pick-six.

Isaiah Tapia and Kobe Kaesler each had interceptions for the Bulldogs’ defense, which was led in tackles by Christian Fuhrman and Fritzny Niclasse, who finished with seven apiece.

Raphael Aldecoa recorded a sack while Coleman, Jon Matuzak, Cooper Wetch, and Jonny Ringle combined for two sacks.

The 5A San Tan Region Championship will be on the line this Friday, when the Bulldogs host defending state champion Williams Field on Senior Night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

White’s Seven TD’s Lifts Broncos over Chargers

Poston Butte senior quarterback Carter White passed for four touchdowns and ran for three more in Poston Butte’s 59 – 39 victory at Cholla last Friday night.

White, who moved from his starting tight end position when original starting quarterback Connor McDonald went down with a rib injury, accounted for nearly 500 yards of total offense, including 342 passing yards and 145 rushing yards.

White wasn’t the only contributor on offense, as Tyler Thompson, Larry Tripp and Kurtez Holland combined for an additional 180 rushing yards.

Seven different receivers – Thompson, Tripp, Holland, Tucker Usher, Brendan Sargent, Peter Tuccio and Javier Munoz – had receptions. Holland, Usher, Sargent and Munoz had scoring grabs.

“Offensively as a whole we played very well,” Poston Butte head coach Dain Thompson said. “(Several) players touched the ball and were productive. We displayed great balance.”

The Broncos’ defense had seven sacks, a pair of interceptions, a blocked punt by Larry Tripp, and a fumble recovery by Scott Night.

“Defensively, we made big plays,” Thompson said. “(Cholla quarterback) Jordan Porter is probably one of the top-five most dynamic athletes I have coached against in all my years of coaching.”

The Broncos face a must-win game to have any chance of making the playoffs.

“The message is that we will concentrate on what we have control of, which is this Friday’s game against a physical Desert View team,” Thompson said. “I am looking forward to watching our team play this Friday. Our plan is to play our best game of the season.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Combs’ Playoff Hopes Dashed after Loss

The Combs football team had its hopes of reaching the state playoffs extinguished after a 13 – 7 defeat at Washington last Friday night.

The Coyotes needed to win out to receive an automatic berth as a region champion.

The Yotes, who had combined to score 111 points in their previous two games, were limited to a lone touchdown, a Cody White rushing score.

White, a junior, ran for 107 yards while Sonatane Taunima and Francisco Munoz rushed for 33 and 41 yards, respectively.

Devin Montgomery led the Combs’ defense with eight tackles. Tahro Hasty recorded three sacks and Dameion Dunn had an interception.

The Yotes close out their season this Friday versus rival Apache Junction on Senior Night.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

San Tan Foothills Clinches Region Championship

The ninth-ranked San Tan Foothills football team clinched the 2A Metro East Region Championship following a one-sided 63 – 0 win last Friday on Homecoming.

With the win, the Cats also earned an automatic berth in the state playoffs, which begin on Nov. 4.

Sophomore Amahri Bailey ran for five touchdowns, senior receiver Sebastian Penaflor rushed for a score and caught a touchdown, in addition to a rushing touchdown from DeRonte Pope and a receiving touchdown by Caden Husar.

Quarterback Zach Herrera completed 8-of-9 passes for 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Sophomore Brandon McMahan made 7-of-8 PAT.

Up next:  San Tan Foothills at Glendale Prep on Friday, Oct. 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.