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Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2008 3:46 pm | Updated: 9:15 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Here's a look at this weekend's games


No. 1 Corona del Sol (6-0) at No. 4 Chandler (5-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 350 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler

Key matchup: Corona’s secondary vs. Chandler’s receivers. Markus Wheaton and Caleve DeBoskie and running back Bryce Lamb will constantly try to stretch the field. The Aztecs had better get pressure up front on quarterback Kyle Yount.

Key stat: Chandler is averaging 45 points a game; Corona is giving up eight points a game.

The intrigue: This is both teams’ last big-time competition before region play begins. The Aztecs had two weeks to prepare, while the Wolves have a small competition edge having faced Phoenix Desert Vista. Corona gets its first true test from the schedule while trying to keep its perfect season intact. Chandler has Gilbert and Hamilton down the road.

Mesa (2-4, 0-1) at Dobson (4-3, 1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 1501 W. Guadalupe Road, Mesa

Key matchup: Mesa’s offense vs. Dobson’s defense. Mesa can help its defense by sustaining more drives or least moving the chains a couple times to create field position.

Key stat: Dobson has won three straight games and is averaging 45 points in those games.

The intrigue: Dobson has displayed consistency on the ground much of the season. Mesa must find consistency in some facet of its offense if it hopes to end a three-game skid.

Mesquite (2-4, 0-0) at Gilbert (5-2, 0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 1101 E. Elliot Road, Gilbert

Key matchup: Gilbert’s psyche vs. Mesquite’s. After a blowout loss to Hamilton. Mesquite is trying to weather a tough schedule which resumes this week for rest of the season.

Key stat: Thirteen wasn’t a lucky number for Gilbert last week with four turnovers and nine penalties adding up to disaster against Hamilton.

The intrigue: How will Gilbert respond after its only sound defeat of the season?

Kofa (2-4) at Brophy (4-3)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 1201 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix (Phoenix College)

Key matchup: Brophy had trouble with its passing game against Basha, which isn’t atypical, but while Max Leonesio should succeed running the ball, the Broncos will need better two-dimensional play in the coming weeks.

Key stat: Brophy allowed one first down on defense through 3 1/2 quarters last week.

The intrigue: Kofa has had some success on offense, but Brophy is a whole level they haven’t seen on defense. The Broncos should have an easier time than last week, but when will Brophy find its offensive identity?

Highland (4-2, 0-1) at No. 3 Hamilton (6-1, 1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler

Key matchup: The Highland defense trying to stop what has become an efficient Huskies run-away offense.

Key stat: Hamilton has won 17 consecutive Fiesta Region games dating back to 2004.

The intrigue: Playing a turnover-free game won’t guarantee a win in this for the Hawks, but four turnovers in a quarter (last week) give them no chance any week.

Basha (4-2) at No. 2 Mountain View (6-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 2700 E. Brown Road, Mesa

Key matchup: The Bears won’t get much help from a tough Mountain View defense, but Basha will have to make some plays in the passing game, which was nonexistent last week against Brophy.

Key stat: Basha has only six points this season against ranked teams in the Broncos and Salpointe.

The intrigue: This figures to be a defensive struggle. The Bears may need their defense or special teams to produce points to win, which they’re more than capable of doing.

Westwood (1-6, 0-1) at Red Mountain (3-3, 0-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address 7301 E. Brown Road, Mesa

Key matchup: Westwood’s defense must find a way to slow what was a very balanced Red Mountain offense last week.

Key stat: In all three of its wins, the fourth quarter has been huge for the Mountain Lions.

The intrigue: Red Mountain is down to its four region games and needs to win at least two and possibly three of four to get a solid berth. Westwood needs a win to regain confidence.

Yuma (2-5) at Desert Vista (4-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 16440 S. 32nd St., Phoenix

Key matchup: Yuma has allowed 32 points per game during its five-game losing streak and the Thunder got on a roll offensively against a better St. Mary’s team last week. The Thunder can pound the Criminals up front, and they probably will.

Key stat: Eight different Thunder players scored touchdowns against Phoenix St. Mary’s last week.

The intrigue: Desert Vista should be next in this five-week slide of Yuma’s, though the Criminals have played a brutal schedule of late. It’s one more tuneup for D.V. before the Central Region grind.

Mountain Ridge (5-1) at Mountain Pointe (2-4)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 4201 E. Knox Road, Phoenix

Key matchup: Mountain Ridge quarterback Kevin Yost has had a second consecutive strong season (63 percent completions, 990 yards, 10 TD, 2 INT) and he’s mobile enough to get away from pressure, but the Pride need a consistent pass rush and hope to force some turnovers.

Key stat: Four of Mountain Ridge’s five wins have been by a touchdown or less.

The intrigue: The Pride snapped a losing streak last week and need some momentum before the brutal Central Region play begins next week. Quarterback Austin Lahr returned from injury last week, but leading rusher De’Andre Currie remains questionable.

St. Mary’s (2-4) at Maryvale (0-6)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 3415 N. 59th Ave., Phoenix

Key matchup: St. Mary’s has found its bread-and-butter on offense behind tailback R.J. McGill, but while they’ve piled up rushing yards the past couple weeks, they must protect the football, since failing to do so cost them at least two wins this season.

Key stat: The Knights have turned the ball over 14 times during this three-game skid.

The intrigue: The Knights get a good bounce-back game from last week’s whipping at the hands of Desert Vista. The big rivalry game against Phoenix Brophy is next week, but since they’re hanging onto playoff hopes already, the Knights are in no position to worry about anything other than tonight.


No. 4 Pinnacle (4-2, 1-0) at Skyline (4-2, 0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 845 S Crismon Road, Mesa

Key matchup: Skyline’s running game vs. Pinnacle’s defense. Something must give when Skyline’s successful rushing attack faces a stout defense.

Key stat: Pinnacle has held its opponent to 11 points or fewer four times this season.

The intrigue: Another tussle in the competitive 5A-II Pima Region. The Coyotes need this game badly if a region title is in the cards.

No. 5 Marcos de Niza (5-1, 0-1) at Horizon (1-5, 0-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 5601 E. Greenway Road, Scottsdale

Key matchup: The Huskies have been prone to throwing interceptions, and must limit turnovers against a very talented Marcos de Niza secondary.

Key stat: Marcos has outscored its last two opponents 28-27 after outscoring its first four 160-15.

The intrigue: Horizon stunned Marcos last year, 13-9, for its only region win. The Padres can’t afford a loss like that this year after already dropping the region opener to Pinnacle last week.


Apache Junction (6-1, 1-1) at No. 4 Paradise Valley (5-1, 2-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 3950 E. Bell Road, Phoenix

Key matchup: The Apache Junction defense has been fantastic this season, but the Trojans have as much talent in the backfield as anyone. Paradise Valley rotates tailbacks, and how well A.J.’s defense holds up in the second half will be key.

Key stat: Paradise Valley averages 229 yards rushing per game, while Apache Junction averages 299 on the ground.

The intrigue: Paradise Valley can not allow a slip-up here if it wants to stay in the race for the Desert Sky Region title. Apache Junction has the ability to make this game interesting.

McClintock (3-3, 0-2) at Shadow Mountain (2-4, 0-3)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 2902 E Shea Blvd., Phoenix

Key matchup: Which team’s offense will show up? Neither squad has been lighting up the scoreboard recently.

Key stat: The two teams have combined to score 42 points in five region games, 8.4 points per game. They are 0-5 in Desert Sky contests.

The intrigue: A winnable game for both teams in a region where victories are at a premium. With games against Saguaro and Apache Junction in the last two weeks, the Chargers need every win they can get to improve tournament hopes.


No. 1 Notre Dame (6-0) at Marin Catholic (4-1)

Time: 1 p.m., Saturday

Address: 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield, Calif.

Key matchup: Notre Dame’s defense, which has yet to allow more than nine points in a game, faces a backfield which features at least one Division I prospect and runs behind a big, physical line.

Key stat: The Saints won last year’s matchup 35-21 in Scottsdale.

The intrigue: Marin Catholic is the toughest opponent remaining on Notre Dame’s schedule and perhaps the only one capable of spoiling an undefeated regular season.

Tempe (3-3, 0-2) at No. 3 Coronado (6-0, 1-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 2501 N. 74th St., Scottsdale

Key matchup: Tempe’s biggest challenge will be to create running lanes against a defense which is by far the toughest in the region and one of the best in 4A-II. Coronado has allowed only 45 points all season and held every opponent to fewer than 150 rushing yards.

Key stat: After losing 10 straight on the road, the Buffaloes are 2-0 away from home this season.

The intrigue: Can Tempe pull the upset and make the race for the East Sky title even more interesting in an already highly competitive region?

No. 4 Arcadia (6-0, 1-0) at Queen Creek (4-2, 1-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 22149 E. Ocotillo Road, Queen Creek

Key matchup: If Queen Creek can get its running game back on track, this game could quickly turn into a high-scoring affair with the outcome determined by who has the ball last.

Key stat: The Titans have outscored their opponents 61-7 in the third quarter the past three weeks.

The intrigue: How will Queen Creek respond following its worst performance of the year, a 36-6 home loss to Coronado?

Higley (4-2, 1-0) at Seton Catholic (5-2, 0-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: Mesa Community College, 1833 W Southern Ave.

Key matchup: This contest will showcase an extreme contrast of styles. Higley, running mostly out of the I, has rushed for more than 1,700 yards while Seton, which features the spread, has thrown for just over 1,900.

Key stat: The Knights have won four straight after a 0-2 start. The Sentinels have lost two of three after beginning 4-0.

The intrigue: Seton needs to win to prove it is a true playoff contender. Higley needs a victory to remain atop the East Sky standings.

Verrado (1-4) at Perry (5-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 1919 E. Queen Creek Road, Gilbert

Key matchup: To have any chance at winning, Verrado will have to shut down both tight end Chase Richardson and running back Tauren Darnell, who have combined for 1,037 yards of offense and 11 touchdowns.

Key stat: Verrado has been held to fewer than 10 points in three of its five games.

The intrigue: How will Perry’s offensive and defensive lines hold up without the team’s best player, Mo Latu, who is out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury?

Liberty (3-4) at Williams Field (3-3)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 2076 S. Higley Road, Gilbert

Key matchup: The responsibility of Williams Field’s defensive front will be to corral quarterback Keegan Whipkey, who is more dangerous with his legs (517 yards, 8 TDs) than his arm.

Key stat: Black Hawks running back Brandon Warren is coming off a breakout performance in which he rushed for 240 yards on just 18 carries.

The intrigue: Williams Field, which had a bye last week, watched Liberty’s game against Perry on Friday from the stands. Will the up-close scouting work to the Black Hawks’ advantage?


Scottsdale Christian (6-1, 1-1) at Camp Verde (4-3, 1-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 1326 Montezuma Castle Road

Key matchup: Stopping the 6-foot-5, 200-pound Seth Mosley, who’s been a backfield bruiser for Camp Verde. He ran for 275 yards and four touchdowns last week against North Pointe Prep, the second time this season he’s eclipsed 200 yards and four scores.

Key stat: Northwest Christian averaged 13 yards per carry against the Eagles last week.

The intrigue: Scottsdale Christian is no stranger to emotional letdowns in football games the past two years, so how the Eagles respond to last week’s painful loss to Northwest will be an excellent gauge as to how far this year’s group has come.

North Pointe Prep (2-5, 0-2) at Valley Christian (4-2, 2-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 3625 W Cactus Rd. (Moon Valley H.S.)

Key matchup: North Pointe Prep is going to get a lot of Jordan Morgan, Blake Argo and Jimmy Oum out of the backfield, as the Trojans are going to dare North Pointe to stop their ground game.

Key stat: Valley Christian has four players with more than 200 yards rushing this season.

The intrigue: We think the Trojans are experienced enough not to worry about next week (Northwest Christian), let alone the week after (Scottsdale Christian). We think. But they’re teenagers so anything is possible.

Northwest Christian (7-0, 2-0) at Canyon State (2-5, 0-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 20061 Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek

Key matchup: NW Christian has a talent advantage on paper, but the Crusaders are coming off an emotional 42-41 victory against former-undefeated Scottsdale Christian, so a letdown looms. A good start by the Rams — or even hanging close early — would put a lot of pressure on the Crusaders.

Key stat: Canyon State has allowed 63 points in its last two losses.

The intrigue: This would be an upset to end all upsets if Canyon State wins. Even a solid showing or close game would go a long way in boosting morale within the Rams, who have taken a hit following four straight losses.


No. 4 Tempe Prep (7-0, 4-0) at No. 1 Pima (7-0, 4-0)

Time: 7 p.m.

Address: 131 South Main, Pima

Key matchup: With no shortage of explosive offensive weapons for either side, this game will likely be won by the defense which does the better job of limiting the big play.

Key stat: The Knights are averaging 47 points per game while Pima is averaging 52.

The intrigue: The victor will be the 1A East Region champion and receive a bye into the second round of the state playoffs.

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