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Q & A with Queen Creek football coach Schureman

Queen Creek is off to another hot start under the leadership of head coach Travis Schureman. Before Friday’s game at Higley, Schureman took a few minutes to talk about stud running back Weston Barlow, getting to the state title game and how this year’s team is different form previous years.

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  • Tempe overcomes slow start to down rival McClintock 36-10

    A combination of great speed and the passing skills of senior quarterback Emanuel Gant were more than enough to give Tempe a 36-10 win against crosstown rival McClintock on Friday night.After stalling early, Gant and the rest of the Buffaloes’ offense picked up steam in the second half as the team pulled away from the Chargers. Gant threw for three touchdowns in all, including a 45-yarder to wide-open Quntion Garrett in the third quarter that ended the team’s scoring for the day.However, Tempe’s win did not come without a multitude of setbacks, many of which could have been avoided, due in part to a quick start by McClintock.“(The Chargers) did a great job at the beginning of the game, corralling and getting to us early, getting us rattled,” said Tempe head coach Brian Walker.But the Buffaloes wouldn’t allow the Chargers to keep control of the game, as Tempe began to take control of the game by stopping the McClintock’s running game. The Chargers’ offense passed only eight times, making every other forward advancement through rushing. Once the Buffaloes tightened up their defense and figured out the Chargers’ running strategy, they did not allow any more points to appear the home team’s score board.But Tempe could have extended their lead much more than the final score count shows due to many penalties and turnovers. For example, a graceful 40-yard completion by Gant in the third quarter that would have lead to a touchdown was recalled due to a holding penalty on a Tempe lineman.

  • Chadwick churns out yards for Highland in 40-24 win against Mountain View

    Highland coach Pete Wahlheim may be biased, but he thinks Hawks senior Josh Chadwick is the best running back in the state. It would be hard for Mountain View coach had DeGrenier not to think so, too, after Friday night.Chadwick rushed for 250 yards and five touchdowns — against a defense geared to stop the run it knew was coming — to lead Highland to a 40-24 victory over the Toros at Mountain View.The 6-foot, 210-pound smooth-running Chadwick ran around, past and through defenders on 32 carries as Highland rushed for 273 yards as a team to move to 2-1."We didn't have a great week of practice but I told my line to come out ready to swing and I just followed them," said Chadwick, who had 183 yards just in the second half. "This is a big win. I can't remember the last time we beat them on this field."Chadwick scored on a pair of 1-yard runs in the first quarter, and then reached the end zone on a 54-yarder and another 1-yard burst in the third as Highland built a lead, and capped the Hawks' lone long drive with a 3-yard touchdown in the fourth to seal the win."I've been saying all year I think he's the best back in the state," Wahlheim said. "I love the kid. He's a great kid, a humble kid and he can run, especially when we block like we did tonight."

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