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Mesquite at Poston Butte

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Mesquite is rolling in good times lately. Poston Butte flat-out can’t buy a break. The Wildcats (6-1) just won a shootout over Glendale Cactus for their fifth consecutive win, with an 11-point loss to Williams Field in Week 2 the only blemish. The Wildcats’ defense has been a brick wall for most of the season, with Paul Perry running the ball to help Payton Haslam direct the offense. That defense has to wrangle Brandon Hatfield and Poston Butte’s ground attack, in which he’s put up 1,055 yards and 15 TD, plus 314 yards receiving and 4 TD. He’s not a one-man show, but the Broncos (3-4) are in trouble if Hatfield isn’t able to get going or pop a “home run” carry. Trouble is, that hasn’t happened against Mesquite this season. Don’t let Poston Butte’s record fool you, the Broncos are better than the current three-game losing skid they’re on: Lost by one point to both Notre Dame and Marana Mountain View (which lost to Mesquite on a strange, second-chance field goal at the buzzer), and lost by three points to Marcos de Niza last week (plus a nine-point loss to Queen Creek early in the season). These two teams with their philosophies and offensive styles mirror one another, and that makes for a true tossup.

Prediction: Mesquite 21, Poston Butte 17

-- Mark Heller

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