The first round of games in the three biggest divisions of Arizona high school football included some great finishes and record setting performances, but only one real upset of note. Here’s a rundown of last weekend’s playoff games in each division.
#1 Hamilton def #16 Valley Vista-37-7
#9 Chandler def #8 Westview-35-34 (2OT)
#5 Red Mountain def #12 Sunnyside-45-19
#4 Desert Ridge def #13 Boulder Creek-49-0
#3 Desert Vista def #14 North Canyon-42-7
#6 Pinnacle def #11 Cibola-33-14
#7 Basha def #10 Tucson-55-0
#2 Brophy def #15 Mountain Pointe-28-3
The best game easily goes to Chandler vs. Westview, which came down to a double overtime two-point conversion. Quarterback Darell Garretson found Patrick Baldenegro on the play to secure the one point win for Chandler. They now get the rematch against Hamilton they so deperately wanted, although they have never won in this series in 15 tries. All other home teams advanced in this division, setting up some great matchups that will be covered later in the week.
#1 Chaparral def #16 Gila Ridge-62-0
#8 Perry def #9 Lake Havasu-62-42
#5 Centennial def #12 Willow Canyon-30-0
#4 Deer Valley def #13 Ironwood-43-7
#14 Notre Dame def #3 Salpointe Catholic-33-14
#6 Ironwood Ridge def #11 Apollo-43-20
#7 Marcos de Niza def #10 Canyon del Oro-35-8
#2 Cienega def #15 Sahuaro-45-6
The biggest upset of the weekend was Notre Dame Prep clobbering Salpointe Catholic on their home field. After week five, Notre Dame coach Scot Bemis began a battle with lung cancer and this season has taken on new meaning for all involved. They’ve played inspired football recently behind interim coach Gary Gregory and are confident they can continue this run for their ailing coach. They’ll have to travel back down to Tucson this week to face Ironwood Ridge, which defeated Apollo in impressive fashion.
#1 Sabino def #16 Campo Verde-42-6
#9 Thunderbird def #8 Williams Field-27-7
#5 Saguaro def #12 Sunrise Mountain-81-48
#4 Queen Creek def #13 Douglas-12-7
#3 Cactus def #14 Desert Edge-33-6
#6 Nogales def #11 Agua Fria-42-14
#7 Arcadia def #10 Peoria-21-7
#2 Liberty def #15 Poston Butte-20-3
Once again, the only semi-upset was Thunderbird again knocking Williams Field out after defeating them in overtime of the 4A-II championship last year. Queen Creek struggled against Douglas, but won a hard fought game by five. Finally, Saguaro’s D.J. Foster went off once again. This time, all Foster did was set the state record with 10 touchdowns against Sunrise Mountain. That’s as absurd as the Sabercats getting the fifth seed in this tournament. With seven rushing scores and three receiving, Foster also tied the single season record with 51 touchdowns this year. Chaparral’s reigning player of the year Davonte Neal has been spectacular again in the second half of the season and scored four touchdowns of his own in his first round game, but D.J. Foster should take that title in 2011.